Monthly Archives: August 2016

Introducing Japan’s Indigenous People

Next month at 7PM on September 8, 2016, I will be discussing the history and lore of Japan’s indigenous people, the Ainu, at the Monroeville Public Library.  You can get details on how to get there at this site: reading

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The View from a Snowy Cave in Mongolia – Wolf Totem, Part 1

We’re going to start out look at Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), which has been rather controversial; Mongolian representatives came out later and said his portrayal of their customs and beliefs wasn’t accurate. But the book has … Continue reading

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As Smoke I Shall Rise Uncertainly to the Heavens – Tale of Genji, Part 4

For the Literati Corner 2016, I have been reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku as part of a year-long reading program – details are in my Literati Corner Guide for 2016, please see the menu bar at the … Continue reading

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This Is What Happens When Your Family Adopts a Wolf – Wolf Boy, Part 2

This time we should be able to finish up Miri Kim’s 2012 novel Wolf Boy (김미리의”늑대소년”).  In the next chapter, the story turns to the officer manning the town police box, Kyeongjang Oh.  He receives the police report from Mr. … Continue reading

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