April 30, 2011 | Asia Society | New York City 

With Joshua Beckman, Rebecca Brown, Hiromi Kawakami, Minoru Ozawa, and Motoyuki Shibata
Co-sponsored by Asia Society and Japan Foundation
One of Japan’s most influential cultural critics and translators, Motoyuki Shibata, leads a discussion with four innovative and hybrid literary masters. They discuss their most formative Japanese-American influences, ranging from science fiction to manga (comics and print cartoons) and renga (collaborative poetry) to help launch the debut issue of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan, the first of what will be an annual English-language edition of the acclaimed Japanese literary magazine.