Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Buddha in the West: Even Bill Clinton Turns Toward Meditation - NAM EthnoBlog

My pal and fellow PBS documentary subject Andrew Lam analyzes the spread of Buddhism in a globalizing world:

...For if Americanization is a large part of globalization, the Easternization of the West, too, is the other side of the phenomenon.

I take it as some cosmic law of exchange that if Disneyland pops up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Buddhist temples can sprout up in Los Angeles, home of the magic kingdom.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Igbo Sisters Initiate Interesting Model/Partnership

Umu-AdaIgbo, a social cultural organisation, has concluded plans to establish a specialist hospital in the South-eastern part of the country.
The group's Coordinator, Philomena Nnamani, stated this during the August home-coming meeting in Abia State.
The home-coming event is a biennial meeting of Igbo women at home and in the Diaspora...
She said that Umu-AdaIgbo was an initiative that would serve as a rallying point for all black women across the globe, who could trace their roots to the Southeast of Nigeria.
"We encourage all blacks in the Diaspora to establish links with their people at home..." 

Women plan mega hospital in the south-east | Daily Times Nigeria

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Many Forms of Exile

The Anglo-looking check-out clerk at Trader Joe's just said to me, "I grew up in Indiana, where they fed me instant rice! Can you imagine if I had stayed with my birth mom in Korea?"

For every answer you get right, the UN's World Food Programme donates 10 grains of rice to end world hunger

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Words & Pizza: Watch Faith Be Humiliated

Words & Pizza: Watch Faith Be Humiliated

If you're in San Francisco, come to Haight Street Tuesday to see me get trounced (pizza and beer extra)! I am famous for drawing a blank whenever asked the title of a book, any book, even my own.

WORDS & PIZZA: Game Night at The Booksmith!

1644 Haight St.

San Francisco, California


Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

This is the first crowd-funding project I've ever championed, because (1) I've been dying to have such a book published, and (2) funders get chocolate!

African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies: African Lives is the first anthology to showcase memoirs from across Africa. Your help with permission fees will make this the best book possible.

The first book of its kind
As far as I know, no one has ever before published an anthology that brings
together a collection of African authors — men and women of all ethnic groups,
born and raised on the continent — telling the stories of their own lives in
their own words.
It’s not because there’s any lack of material. Some African memoirs are famous, like Ak√©: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka, The Dark Child by Camara Laye, and No Easy Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Many more are just as dramatic and well-written, yet hardy known.
Why hasn’t a book like this appeared before?
One reason is permission fees. Some works are out of copyright and can be
reprinted for free, but the rights to many others are held by publishers,
agents, or the authors themselves. In some cases it’s necessary to pay three
separate fees for the US, the Commonwealth, and the rest of the world.
It’s a lot of work to chase down permissions. In one case I followed a trail
from Heinemann (the original publisher) to Pearson to Allison & Busby to
W.H. Allen to Virgin Books to Random House. And it’s expensive. I would also
like to translate sections of three memoirs that have never appeared in
My publisher has generously offered a grant toward the cost of permissions,
and I am adding my entire advance for the book. But that still leaves an
estimated $3,000 for me to raise.
If you're interested in Africa...
If you’re interested in Africa, or in memoir, or if you’re just an
adventurous reader, I hope you’ll want to support this project — and I hope
you’ll want to read the book for yourself.
Whether or not I reach my goal, you will get a modest reward for your
generosity. And you will know that you’re doing your part to bring the voices
of some amazing African writers to light.