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A Conversation with Karen Hill Anton: “The View from Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir”

Saturday, April 17, 2021   13:00

  • Karen Hill Anton (Cross-cultural Competence Consultant and Coach)


The View From Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir is aptly described in Roger Pulver’s editorial review: “Karen Hill Anton’s life has been a remarkable journey, from the United States through Europe and overland across Asia to Japan. This is a story woven with great compassion and skill, the ultimate combination. It is a beautiful and deeply moving narrative full of fascinating people, the most fascinating being the author herself.”

The View From Breast Pocket Mountain is a unique and previously untold story, a treasure trove of experiences crossing borders and cultures, creating a life, and finding contentment in a far-off country. To those who’ve ever wondered what their lives would be if they’d taken that road without a map, this book gives us a glimpse of a life not designed or even imagined.

As a motherless teenager raised by a caring albeit strict father, we see Anton’s developing awareness of the world beyond the boundaries of her New York City neighborhood before she goes on to live in a castle in 1960s Denmark and a cabin in 1970s Vermont. With a burning curiosity and vision of a life as yet unformed, she hits the road to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and finally to the place she’ll come to call home, Japan.

This memoir is filled with unexpected encounters with the very famous and those unknown and unnamed. On a journey through marriage and motherhood, love, laughter, tragedy and hope, we follow along as Anton makes her way through a life unplanned but well lived. The View From Breast Pocket Mountain is a story for our time, reminding the reader of our interconnectedness, our shared humanity.

Access (via Zoom Meeting)

April 17 (Saturday) | 13:00 start (JST)


Meeting ID: 935 4771 7611

RSVP not required | Information: kylecl@temple.edu

Date & Time:
Saturday, April 17, 2021   13:00
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
Ben Karp (ICAS Adjunct Fellow)
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

This event is organized by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Karen Hill Anton

Cross-cultural Competence Consultant and Coach

Karen Hill Anton wrote the popular columns “Crossing Cultures” for The Japan Times and “Another Look” for Chunichi Shimbun. She is a cross-cultural competence consultant and coach. Karen lectures widely on her experience of cross-cultural adaptation and raising four bilingual, bicultural children, and served on the internationalization advisory councils of Prime Ministers Obuchi and Hashimoto. Her work appears in The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press). Originally from New York City, she’s achieved second-degree mastery in Japanese calligraphy, and has lived with her husband William Anton in rural Shizuoka since 1975. KarenHillAnton.com