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Trevor Kew - "Writing (Badly) About Japan"

  • ICJC Lecture Hall 249-2 Yamate-cho, Naka Ward Yokohama Japan (map)

Everyone from ancient Chinese sages and swashbuckling Portuguese traders to stuffy Meiji bureaucrats and World War II POWs have put pen to paper in an effort to define Japan.  As it turns out, most of them shouldn’t have bothered.  In this humorous and interactive Friday Night Lecture, Trevor Kew takes us through a literary odyssey of people writing (badly) about Japan, in a bold attempt to convince you that there might be as much to learn from what writers get wrong as from what they get right.

Trevor Kew (Canada) has been teaching IB English Literature at Yokohama International School since 2008.  He holds a BA in English Literature and a BEd from UBC.  Trevor has written four novels for children and was a contributor to Tomo, an anthology of Japan-related short stories written by both Japanese and non-Japanese authors.  He has spoken at schools and conferences around the world about sport, culture and writing.  His website can seen at