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Lecture | Me, Asian?!

LUC The Hague - Me, Asian?!: Writers on Asia-Europe Relations

Date
24 April 2019
Time
Explanation
Doors open at 18.45; Event starts at 19.00.
Series
Me, Asian?! - Event Series
Location
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

Writing Asia in the 21st Century

On April 24th, the “Me, Asian?!” dialogues continue at Leiden University College. We host four writers based in the Netherlands. In their biographies and writing, they embody the traffic between Asia and Europe, and are shaping how Asia is represented in the 21st century. The four writers are:

  • Gustaaf Peek, Dutch screenwriter and author of several books, including Dover (2008).
  • Karen Kao, American novelist and writer of the Dancing Girl and the Turtle (2017).
  • Huan Hsu, American journalist and author of The Porcelain Thief.
  • Naema Tahir, Dutch-Pakistani-British author of Brieven in Urdu (2016).

The event is in two parts. First there is a panel discussion between the four writers on themes such as what it means to be an ‘Asian’ writer, what and where the ‘real’ Asia is, how relations between Asia and the Netherlands is represented in their writings, and what challenges or limitations they might experience in representing the Asian perspective. Each writer prepares a 5-minute opening comment drawing on his or her experience. The panel then opens up to a general dialogue with the audience. In the second part, each writer leads small-scale conversations in side rooms. Afterwards and as usual, we will enjoy some Asian food and drinks at the college bar!

Programme

The event is in two parts. First there is a panel discussion between the four writers on themes such as what it means to be an ‘Asian’ writer, what and where the ‘real’ Asia is, how relations between Asia and the Netherlands is represented in their writings, and what challenges or limitations they might experience in representing the Asian perspective. Each writer prepares a 5-minute opening comment drawing on his or her experience. The panel then opens up to a general dialogue with the audience. In the second part, each writer leads small-scale conversations in side rooms. Afterwards and as usual, we will enjoy some Asian food and drinks at the college bar!

Register here!

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