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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Kawakami Hiromi and the Queering of Distant Intimacies: Reading Japanese Literature from Hong Kong and Taiwan

Grace En-Yi Ting, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, University of Hong Kong
Thursday, November 3, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
Please note: This lecture will be held in person in room 110 Weiser Hall and virtually via Zoom. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. Register for the Zoom webinar at:

Kawakami Hiromi (1958–) writes about distance and the limitations of intimacy on a minor scale through small details of everyday life. In her talk, Grace En-Yi Ting reflects on what it means to read Kawakami’s work now—from multilingual spaces of longing tied to Hong Kong and Taiwan and in a world broadly defined by new forms of distance and loss. What are the texts, reading practices, and languages that find us and how might they accompany us in these times?

Grace En-Yi Ting (Ph.D. Yale University) is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She specializes in queer and feminist approaches to Japanese literature and popular culture. Other work deals with race and gender in the academy and transnational discourses of queerness and translation across Japanese, Sinophone, and Asian American literary contexts. Her recent article “Ekuni Kaori’s Tears in the Night: The Brilliance of Queer Readings for Japanese Literary Studies” (2021) received Honorable Mention for the Kenneth B. Pyle Prize for Best Article in the Journal of Japanese Studies.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies, LGBT, Literature, Women's Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures