“我是谁？” 相信许多人都在某个时刻思考过这个古老、重要、偶尔会令人不安的问题。正是这个问题，让亚裔美国作家林玉玲（Shirley Geok-lin Lim) 和山下凯伦（Karen Yamashita） 开始思考和人类与个体命运相关的希望和挑战。讲座中，两位作家会谈论各自的作品以及其亚裔美国人的身份。林女士的回忆录叙述了她在饱受战争之苦的马来西亚度过的与贫困和暴力相伴的童年。在父亲生意失败、母亲离家出走后，她独自一人在世界上寻找自己的位置。1968年，她获得了富布赖特奖学金的机会，离开了爱人，前往美国布兰迪斯大学深造。书中讲述了她为在这片新的土地上扎根所做出的努力，以及她是如何经常被夹在旧生活的古板传统和新生活的严峻挑战之间。经常陷入她前世令人窒息的传统和新兴生活的严峻挑战之间。山下凯伦会和大家分享移民的的根源、路线，以及她的家庭从日本移民美国的故事。她的作品《K圈循环》（Circle K Cycles）中的随笔和短篇小说，通过用幽默和充满想象力的笔触，描写了第二代日本-巴西人移民在移居日本、从事本国人已经不愿意从事的劳动时面临的文化挑战。本场讲座是上海美国中心和中美教育基金2018亚裔美国作家系列合作举办的，欢迎各位参加，从而对美国的多元文化视角和构成美国社会的多种文化背景有更多的了解。
”Who am I?” is a perennial, deeply important and, at times, unsettling question many of us will ponder at one point or another in our lives. In the case of Asian-American writers Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Karen Yamashita, this question led them to explore the hopes and challenges that are closely intertwined with the movement of peoples and individual lives. During this talk, the authors will discuss their literary works and speak to the Asian-American experience. Ms. Lim’s memoir recounts her childhood characterized by poverty and violence in war-torn Malaysia. After her father’s business fails and her mother leaves the family, she is left alone to find her way in the world. In 1968, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and leaves the man she loves to study at Brandeis University in the United States. Lim recounts the deep struggle to secure a place for herself in this new land, often caught between the stifling traditions of her previous life and the harsh challenges of the emerging new one. As the author of Circle K Cycles, Ms. Yamashita will discuss winding immigrant roots (i.e. homelands), routes (i.e. destinations and homes), and her family’s story of emigration from Japan. Full of humor and imagination, her essays and short stories highlight the challenges of cultural adaptation faced by second-generation Japanese-Brazilians who migrate to Japan to assume the manual work its citizens no longer want. In partnership with the U.S.-China Education Trust 2018 Asian-American Author Series, the Shanghai American Center welcomes you to this program, which seeks to broaden knowledge about multicultural perspectives in the U.S. and enrich understanding of the range of experiences that come together to form the American story.
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