The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan presents: Roland Kelts

Mar 2nd 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan presents:
Roland Kelts

Author of: Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US

Thursday March 8th, 2007
6:30 pm



In the past two decades Japanese culture has become as omnipresent in
America as
the West is in Japan. Why does Japanese culture speak to Americans
today?
Roland Kelts is the half-Japanese American author of Japanamerica: How
Japanese
Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He will examine the relationship
between
America and Japan and the influence they have on each other’s pop
culture.

Mr. Kelts is also an editor of the literary journal A Public Space and
a
lecturer at The University of Tokyo. His articles, essays, and fiction
have
been published in Playboy, The Village Voice, Zoetrope: All-Story,
Newsday,
DoubleTake, Cosmopolitan, The Japan Times, Vogue Japan, Gunzo and Red
Herring,
among others. His essays on Japan appear in two recently published
collections, Gamers and Kuhaku. He was the recipient of a Jacob K.
Javits
Fellowship in Writing and a winner of the Playboy Fiction Contest. He
was a
story consultant on the BBC's six-part series Japanorama, and he has
just
completed his first novel, Access, which will be published next year.
He has
lectured at New York University, Rutgers University, the Saint Ann's
School and
Philips Exeter Academy. He is a graduate of Columbia University and
Oberlin
College, and currently splits his time between New York and Tokyo

Japan Information and Culture Center Auditorium
Reservations are required for this event: [email protected]
Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Lafayette Center III 1155 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Farragut North and West Metro
202-238-6949
www.embjapan.org/jicc

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