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Interview with Peter Grilli

In 2003, Peter Grilli, President of the Japan Society of Boston, received the Third Class Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japan­ese Government in recognition of his activities in cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. Born in New York but raised in Japan from the age of five, Grilli has been active in cultural interac­tions between Japan and the United States throughout his professional career. He is widely known as a writer and producer of films about Japan (Shinto: Natu...

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History as Literature, Literature as History: An Interview with Lost Names Author, Richard E. Kim

By Richard E. Kim (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1998). 196 pages Lost Names is a useful, rare, and wonderful book for several reasons. The book’s title reflects the Japanese Pacific War policy of forcing Koreans to replace their own names with Japanese ones. Lost Names is the story, as recounted by a young boy, of one Korean family’s experience during the war years. Although Lost Names is technically a novel, according to author Richard Kim, “ . . . all the charac...

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