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Manoa 13.1 (2001) 212-217
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About the Contributors
Brother Anthony studied at Queen's College, Oxford University, before joining the Community of Taizé in France in 1969. He lived in the Philippines from 1977 to 1980, then moved to Korea, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1994 and took the Korean name An Sonjae. He has translated numerous volumes of Korean poetry and is a professor at Sogang University.
Harold Augenbraum is director of The Mercantile Library of New York and its Center for World Literature. Among his publications are Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories and The Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 to the Present. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Ayukawa Nobuo was born in Tokyo in 1920 and died in 1986. He attended Waseda University and was a founding member of the Arechi (Wasteland) group of poets. Drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942, he was sent to Sumatra, where he contracted malaria, and then home to recuperate. With the publication of his first major poems, "The Dead Man" and "America," he emerged as Japan's preeminent anti-war poet and an important literary critic who voiced the conscience of the postwar generation.
Robert Barclay is a former resident of the Marshall Islands who lives in Hawai'i and travels throughout the Pacific.
Arthur Binard graduated in English literature from Colgate University in 1990. A deep curiosity about the ideogram led him to Japan, where he now writes poetry in both English and Japanese. Among his published works are Catch and Release, Timeless, and Our Cup of Tea, a bilingual book for children. He is the Japan correspondent for Colors magazine.
Karen Blakeman is a journalist who covered the NATO mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, she worked in Sarajevo for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, investigating incidents of intimidation of and violence against the media. She now lives and writes in Hawai'i.
Anthony H. Chambers has translated fiction by Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Mishima Yukio, among other Japanese writers. He is a professor of Japanese at Arizona State University.
Dazai Osamu was a prolific writer of short stories who was best known for his novels The Setting Sun (1947) and No Longer Human (1948). Collected translations of his shorter works include Self Portraits, Blue Bamboo, and Crackling Mountain. Known as much for his troubled and decadent life as for his writing, he committed suicide in 1948.
Gary G. Gach was honored with an American Book Award for his recent anthology What Book!?--Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop. All Ways: 3 Poems is forthcoming from Creative Arts. He lives in San Francisco.
Samuel Grolmes has published poetry, fiction, and translations of Japanese works. A former Fulbright professor to Japan, he recently published Tamura Ryuichi: Poems 1946-1998, a book cotranslated with Tsumura Yumiko.
Francis and Irene Haar were invited in 1939 to Japan, where Francis opened a photography studio. That same year, his first book by a Japanese publisher, Way to the Orient, was issued; this was followed by Around Mount Fuji and other books. When World War II broke out, the Haar family was kept under surveillance by the Japanese military. In 1945, Francis began photographing for the U.S. Occupation Forces, and shortly afterwards, Irene opened Irene's Hungaria, a restaurant in the Ginza district that quickly became a meeting place for artists, writers, and actors, both Japanese and foreign. In 1960, Francis and Irene settled in Honolulu, where Francis became deeply involved in the study of Hawaiian culture. He received numerous national and international awards for his work, and his many books include the forthcoming Francis Haar: A Lifetime of Images, from which the piece in this issue is taken.
Hayashi Kyoko was born in Nagasaki in 1930 and spent her childhood in Shanghai during Japan's occupation of China. After returning to Japan in spring 1945, she enrolled in Nagasaki Girls' High School. On 9 August, she was exposed to the atomic bomb while working as a...