Lecture: "Narrative as Life: Writing, Self, and Polyculturalism"

Through stories we come to be. The crafting of narrative is a journey into the self and reverberates out into a broad understanding of the individual’s place within a global context. An expression of a single sentiment is often propelled by an urgent sense that one’s existence is both relevant and finite, and all of the wonder and terror that this implies. Writing is a bold act of defiance in a world that marginalizes individuals according to ideas of perceived power. A 21st century framework of polyculturalism embraces the multiplicity of our stories and in so doing, urges us to embrace an authentic shared humanity.

Stephanie Han’s award-winning fiction collection Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books) received recognition and prizes from Paterson, AWP, Spokane, Asian Books Blogs, Honolulu Magazine, South China Morning Post, Nimrod International, and other outlets. Han has published across the genres and has received grants/fellowships from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, PEN-USA, and VONA. She was the inaugural English Literature PhD graduate of City University of Hong Kong and lives in Hawaii, home of her family since 1904.

This is the second lecture in the 2019 annual lecture series "But Some of Us Are Brave." This series is made possible by the support of departments, programs, and student organizations from across campus. Thank you to all of our sponsors who make Brave Voices heard. See the list of sponsors >

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