News/Appearances

18:00–21:00 PM, Friday, July 17, 2015, SWET Tokyo Summer Special Talk,“Excess Baggage”: Karen Ma on Writing Transnational Fiction.  The venue is Wesley Center, Room 205.  This event is free of charge and open to SWET members and their guests.  For details, please go directly to SWET website:  http://www.swet.jp/events/event/u_events/861

 

19:30 – 21:00 PM, Friday, July 10, 2015, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies,  Mita Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus 5F,   “Excess Baggage, A Chinese Immigrant in Japan–A Personal Story.”  This session will be in the form of a conversation with Mariko Nagai, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Temple University.  This event is free and open to the public.   For details, please go directly the website: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/event/excess-baggage-a-chinese-immigrant-in-japan-a-personal-story/ 

 

18:15 – 20:30 PM, Thursday, July 02, 2015, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, “Excess Baggage, A Novel” by Karen Ma, Reading from novel Excess Baggage and discussion about Chinese Immigrants in Japan.  This session will be in the form of a conversation with long-time Tokyo-based journalist Drini Kakuchi.   This event is open to the public.   For details, please go to the website of FCCJ:  http://www.fccj.or.jp/events-calendar/book-breaks/icalrepeat.detail/2015/07/02/2996/-/excess-baggage-a-novel-by-karen-ma.html

 

11:15 AM, Saturday May 16, 2015, Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, “The Idea of Home,” Reading from novel Excess Baggage, Karen will discuss the question, “can an immigrant ever go home?” This event is open to the public, and the venue is the main cafe in lobby of Garden Hotel, Guangzhou.  This event is part of Guangzhou American Center’s celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

 

8″15 PM, Friday May 15, 2015, Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, as one of 5 featured speakers at Asian-Pacific American Heritage Dinner,  Karen will address 350 guests and share her personal story: “Finding Home in All the Wrong Places.”  This event is part of Guangzhou American Center’s celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and is by invitation only.

 

2:30 PM, Friday May 15, 2015 Southern China Normal University, Guangzhou, “Chinese Immigration Experiences in the U.S. and Beyond,” Karen will read from Excess Baggage, and discuss her experience as a Chinese immigrant in the U.S. and Japan.  This event is only open to students from the history department of SCNU.

 

4:15 PM, Thursday May 14, 2015, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, “Whose Story is it Anyway?  How to Choose Point of View in Fiction,” Karen will discuss how best to choose the correct voice for the best effect in your fiction writing. This event is only open to students from the creativing writing department of SYS University.

 

6:00 PM, Saturday March 21, 2015, Bookworm, Beijing,Writing Across Cultures,” Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival 2015.  Karen will discuss with fellow writers Wena Poon and Guo Xiaolu about the challenges of conquering cultural differences and exposing the disconnects and divides to readers as writers of adopted cultures.  This event is open to the public.

 

6:30 PM, Wednesday, February 4, 2015, The Beijing American Center.  Karen will discuss her book “Excess Baggage,” her Immigrant Experience in the U.S. and Beyond. This event is open to the public, and the venue is  Jing Guang Center, Suite 2801, Hu Jia Lou, Chaoyang District, Beijing.  This event is open to the public and free of charge.      http://www.douban.com/event/23580659/

 

7:30 PM, Monday, October 13, 2014, “Writing China,” Nottingham Festival of Words, Reading and Panel Discussion with novelist Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, and writer and academic Will Buckingham about literature inspired by China, its people, and its long and extraordinary history.   This event is open to the public, and the venue is at Nottingham Writers Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

 

7:00 PM, Thursday, July 17,  2014, Eastwind Books of Berkeley.  Karen Ma will discuss her debut novel Excess Baggage at . The event will include a short reading, an author-led discussion and a book signing. Karen will also be available to answer audience questions.  This event is open to the public and free of charge.  Eastwind Books of Berkeley  is next to the UC Berkeley Campus at 2066 University Avenue.  

 

12:00 – 2:00 PM, Friday, March 14, 2014, M on the Bund, Shanghai Literary Festival 2014.  Reading and Interview with Tina Kanagaratnam.  This event is open to the public.

 

1:00 – 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Bookworm, Beijing, Bookworm Literary Festival 2014.  Reading and Interview with author and journalist Barbara Demick.  This event is open to the public.

 

6:30 -8:30 pm, Saturday October 6, 2013, Hemingway’s, Bangkok.  Joint book launch with four other authors.  Reading and Q and A.  This event is open to the public.

 

3:00-3:45 PM, Thursday October 3, 2013, “Reaching the World 2013” International Conference on Creative Writing & Literary Translation, Bangkok.  Will speak on a panel entitled “Where I’m Coming From,” together with Thai author Prabda Yoon, and Malaysian author Bernice Chualy.  This event is open to registered members of AP Writers and Translators.

 

6:30-7:45 PM, Thursday September 12, 2013, Foreign Correspondent Club South Asia Branch.  New Delhi Book Launch.   Will be in conversation with Delice Gan, a former journalist for Strait Times Singapore.  This event is open to the general public.

 

4:00-5:30 PM, Wednesday September 3, 2013, American Embassy School (BCR), New Delhi. Book Launch and Reading of “Excess Baggage.”   (This event is open to the AES community only.)

 

Excess Baggage is Now available on Kindle.  Check it out on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Excess-Baggage-Karen-Ma/dp/0835100464

 


Book Launch and Reading of “Excess Baggage.” at American Embassy School