Upcoming in September
ALICE GORDENKER: HOW THE HECK DO YOU WRITE ABOUT JAPAN?
Date: September 16, 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. (6:00-7:00 social/snacking hour; talk begins at 7:00)
Fee: 1,000 yen SWET, JAT, and SCBWI members; 2,000 yen non-members
Place: Tokyo Women's Plaza, Omote Sando subway B2 Exit, Tokyohttp://www.tokyo-womens-plaza.metro.tokyo.jp/contents/map.html
Writing about Japan raises real challenges. How do you present what?s
different without exoticising? How much should you explain? Can you
translate quotes accurately, retaining the original tone, while keeping your
article readable? How much Japanese can you use? And is it possible to
convey your sense of wonder without making a total fool of yourself?
Journalist Alice Gordenker will address these and other issues while
providing a behind-the-scenes account of how she crafts her popular ?So,
What the Heck Is That?? column for the Japan Times. In this monthly
column, now in its fifth year, Gordenker has achieved a balance of humor and
respect in meticulously researched yet decidedly off-beat reports on
everything from traditional culture to industrial safety. She?ll also
touch on her writing for television in Japan.
6:00-7:00 p.m. will be time to eat bento or snacks, if desired, and
visit/network; talk begins at 7:00.