As one of a year-long series of events commemorating the 110th anniversary of the start of Korean immigration to Hawai’i, the Center for Korean Studies is presenting a literary night of presentations by four local Korean American Writers: Chris McKinney, Brenda Kwon, Roberta Chang, and Gary Pak. This opportunity to meet, hear, and interact with these well-known writers will take place Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Chris McKinney is the author of five novels, The Tattoo, The Queen of Tears, Bolohead Row, Mililani Mauka, and Boi No Good, and has written a feature film screenplay, Paradise Broken, and a short film, The Back Door, both of which premiered at the 2011 Hawai’i International Film Festival. His sixth book, The Red Headed Hawaiian, will be released in early 2014. He is currently an associate professor at Honolulu Community College and was appointed Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2011. He and his wife, Mika, co-direct the Chris McKinney Language Arts Center, which offers reading and writing courses for elementary school children and teens. It is located in Mililani, Hawai’i.
Brenda Kwon is a poet, writer, and educator born and reared in Hawai’i. The author of Beyond Ke’eaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism, and Local Culture in Hawai’i and co-editor of YOBO: Korean American Writing in Hawai’i, her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Bamboo Ridge, Making More Waves, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch, and she has been a featured reader and performer for Hawaii Public Radio’s “Aloha Shorts” program. She has been on stage nationally as well as internationally and was the founder and co-host of the now-retired monthly poetry series re:VERSES. Her collection of poetry and fiction, The Sum of Breathing, will be released in spring 2014. She currently teaches language arts at Honolulu Community College and yoga at Open Space Yoga and pretends to play keys for the band Jive Slinky.
Roberta W. S. Chang is the co-author of The Koreans in Hawai’i: A Pictorial History, 1903–2003 and author of Hawai ŭi ch’och’anggi Hanin sahoe: 1903–1940 [When the Korean world in Hawaii was young: 1903–1940]. She has made several video documentaries profiling Koreans, including The Legacy of the Korean National Association, which was shown at the Hawai’i International Film Festival in 1999. She lives in Honolulu.
Gary Pak is a professor of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and Ethnic American literature. He is a third-generation Korean American whose grandparents, fleeing an occupied Korea, arrived in Hawai’i in 1905. Pak has published five works of fiction, including the novels A Ricepaper Airplane and Children of a Fireland. His most recent publication is Brothers Under a Same Sky, a novel about the Korean War, from the University of Hawai’i Press.
This event is free and open to the public. The Center for Korean Studies is located at 1881 East-West Road, near the intersection of East-West Road and Maile Way, on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Paid parking is available in the parking lot mauka of the CKS building. Please observe UH parking regulations.
For further information, including information about access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.