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Excess Baggage: A Chinese immigrant in Japan, a personal story
- Karen Ma (Author, freelance writer and lecturer on Chinese culture and film)
Excess Baggage is Karen Ma’s debut novel. Set in the 1990s post-bubble years in Japan, the semi-autobiographical novel walks us through the ups and downs of life for two generations of Chinese immigrants. Told through the eyes of two sisters, the book explores in great depth the issues of cultural conflict, displacement, meaning of home as well as the universal themes of family obligations and sibling rivalry.
Ms. Ma will read some extracts from a novel, discuss her work with Professor Nagai and we will then have a general discussion with the audience.
Author, freelance writer and lecturer on Chinese culture and film
Ms. Ma is a Chinese-American writer, journalist and educator. Born in China, she’s a graduate of Tokyo’s Sophia University, she received her master’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Washington. She got her start as a journalist in Tokyo, and worked as a writer and educator there from the early 1990’s to the start of the 21st century. She worked for the Daily Yomiuri, Kyodo News and NHK Radio Japan. Excess Baggage, her first novel, was published by San Francisco-based China Books and came out in 2013. She’s currently based in Beijing, and works as a freelance writer and a lecturer on Chinese culture and film.
She’s also the author of the non-fiction book, Modern Madam Butterfly: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Cross-cultural Relationships, published in 1996 by Charles E. Tuttle. For more information please visit http://www.karenmaauthor.com/