Cultural Cross Sections

  • Kim Myung Won
    September 9, 2014 | EJ Koh
    Kim Myung Won An impressive poet and experimental author in her own right, EJ Koh reflects on the many sources needed in order to translate Kim Myung Won’s poetry into English: family insight, self-reflexivity, and “sudden fire.”    다비  희미해진 몸의 촉수를 켠 장작들위에 가볍게 얹히는 별빛의 무게  봄 흐트러진 사과나무 꽃밭 석천사 앞뜰에서틀어진 세월에 꽃잎을 띄워 주시며나의 서른 살을 배웅해 주셨던 지오 스님 둥글게 잘 익은 사과 한 알로 누워눈부신 씨앗만이 남겨질 때까...
  • Hartwig HKD, “Black Icarus,” 2010
    September 4, 2014 | Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
    Hartwig HKD, “Black Icarus,” 2010. Old photographs and their conventions are both familiar and foreign to us, with their alienated and uncanny appeal. They also often seem very formal and stiff compared to the images of today, although it must be said that many of the pictures we take continue to fall into specific genres (the group shot, the goofy V-sign common in Asia, the mirrored-selfie). Pe...
  • Harbhajan Singh Hundal
    March 10, 2014 | Rajesh Sharma
    Harbhajan Singh Hundal was born in Lyallpur (Pakistan) in 1934. In addition to fifteen books of poetry, he has written travelogues and autobiographical accounts. He is also an avid literary translator. He has translated selections from Neruda, Lorca, Brecht, Mayakovsky, Darwish, and others into Punjabi. He has been at the forefront of people’s struggles and was kept in preventive detention fo...
  • January 9, 2013 | Andrew Lam
    Anthropologists and linguists no doubt are having a field day trying to chronicle and dissect how, in the early autumn of 2012, “Gangnam Style” became an American idiomatic expression. It stands for something along the lines of a brash, flamboyant way of doing things, clownishness, or an act of in-your-face spoofing that is both original and entertaining. A Wikipedia page showcases “Gangnam Styl...
  • December 6, 2012 | Melissa Weiss
    Tibetan poet Woeser  Since China’s invasion in the 1950s, the West’s main focus has been on the struggle for independence in Tibet, reporting the monks’ fiery suicides and protestors or journalists detained for going against and exposing the Chinese government. While Tibet has received its coverage in the West as either a tourist attraction or place of revolution, a long-overlooked literary cult...