Hawai’i Korean American Writers Reading from Their Works

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.


photo: Chris McKinneyChris 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.

photo: Brenda KwonBren­da 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.

chang100Rober­ta 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.

photo: Gary PakGary 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.