Friday, August 01, 2014


Powell Street Festival, Vancouver

I'm so excited to be heading to Vancouver, Canada, to participate in the annual Powell Street Festival, which celebrates Japanese-Canadian Culture. Obviously, I'm an American and sensitive to the that fact (and I'm now officially once again a Californian at that)! But the experiences of Japanese in North America are of course very similar, and I'll be very interested in meeting with people and talking to them and hearing their stories.

There is a personal note here too--my mother tells me that in the early 20th century, one of our family members left Japan for Vancouver, never to be heard from again (though he supposedly was a doctor). I would so like to find out his story and meet his descendants, though I'm sure such a thing won't be possible on this trip.

I'm going to be reading on Sunday, August 3rd at 1:30 with two lovely writers--Sally Ito and Lydia Kwa. I was invited by the artist Leanne Dunic, and am very much looking forward to meeting her as well. Our reading is from 1:30 to 2:15 PM, in the Firehall Arts Center. My piece will be available as a chapbook--it's titled "Remember Your Roots: Food for Regeneration" and is about foraging, egotistical sushi chefs and mechanics with ninja powers. Hope to see you there!

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