Category Archives: Manoa

Red Peonies: Two Novellas of China (MĀNOA 28:2)

From this issue: Duplication, Image 5 , 2003 by Xing Danwen.

Red Peonies is the first English translation of The Woman Liu and The Woman Yang—two novellas by Chinese writer Zhang Yihe.

In 1970, when she was 28, Zhang was convicted of being a counter-revolutionary and sentenced to two decades in a remote prison labor camp. With empathy and grace, Zhang tells the stories of Liu Yueying and Yang Fenfang, two women she met at the camp.

Of her novellas, Zhang says, “They are not about politics or the system but about the tragic destinies of these young female prisoners.” Continue reading

Visit UH Press and MĀNOA at AWP Booth 791

MANOA editor Frank Stewart

MANOA editor and UH Manoa faculty member Frank Stewart

Stop by and say aloha to editors of MĀNOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing and peruse University of Hawai`i Press publications at February’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, DC.

Editors at booth 791 will have MĀNOA‘s latest issues, UH Press books and journals, and information on the University of Hawai`i English Department creative writing program. The book fair opens on the morning of Thursday, February 9 and closes the afternoon of Saturday, February 11.

Click here to read AWP Book Fair Frequently Asked Questions.

Assistant editor of MANOA and UH Manoa grad Noah Perales-Estoesta

Assistant editor of MANOA and UH Manoa grad Noah Perales-Estoesta

Review of Story is a Vagabond (MĀNOA 27:1)

Manoa 27:1 Story is A Vagabond, Intizar HusainAsymptote Journal features a compelling review of Story is a Vagabond: Fiction, Essays and Drama by Intizar Husain, published by MĀNOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing (27:1, 2015) and UH Press.

One of Pakistan’s most distinguished writers, Intizar Husain was born in India in 1923 and immigrated to Pakistan during the Partition. An internationally acclaimed writer, critic, and translator, he has published seven volumes of short stories, four novels, and a novella, as well as travelogues, memoirs, and critical essays. Despite his importance to world literature for over six decades, Husain’s writing is little known in English translation. Story is a Vagabond is the first collection in English to show the breadth of his thoughtful, innovative, and compassionate work.

Reviewer Aamer Hussein writes that the editors of this special issue managed “a level of translucence through which Husain’s distinctive intonations echo and resound.” Read the review online here.

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Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia (MANOA 28-1)

This issue of MĀNOA (28-1), Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia is a booklength interview with Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, known for the astonishing archaeological discoveries that changed our ideas of the ancient Polynesians, their ways of life, and their legendary voyages across the Pacific. Dr. Sinoto’s discoveries included whale-tooth pendants, stone tools and weapons, sacred structures, dwellings, an ancient voyaging canoe, and finely made fishhooks that allowed him and his fellow archaeologists to chart the seafaring routes of early Polynesians.

Now, in Curve of the Hook, we can experience the extraordinary adventures and career of an eminent and celebrated archaeologist in Polynesia. This full-color book includes over 100 illustrations—including unpublished photos from Dr. Sinoto’s private collection—plus notes and a list of references.

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Reception with Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto on publication of Curve of the Hook (Manoa)

Oli by Auli‘i Mitchell at Native Books on Dec. 16. Image courtesy of Mānoa.

Years in the making, the new issue of Mānoa features the work of archaeologist Yosihiko Sinoto, now 92. Upon publication of this special issue, titled Curve of the Hook, Native Books in Honolulu hosted a reception with Dr. Sinoto on Dec. 16.

The reception began with an oli, a chant, by Auli‘i Mitchell, pictured above. Mitchell, a cultural anthropologist, spoke of how he witnessed Dr. Sinoto’s archaeological work in the Pacific years ago. “For me, personally, seeing your work changed my life,” he said.

Dr. Sinoto’s research fundamentally changed the way the world views the accomplishments of ancient Polynesians, whose early voyages are considered to be among the great achievements in human history.

Colleagues, friends and family spoke of Dr. Sinoto’s work and legacy, presenting him with leis, photographs and thanks. Their recollections lent a personal touch to an already impressive and inspiring life in archaeology. Colleagues spoke of Dr. Sinoto’s first student quarters at the University of Hawaii (there were a lot of cats) and field seasons in Tahiti (he was a great dancer).

curve-manoa28-1-precvr-to-uhpCurve of the Hook is the first book-length work in English about Dr. Sinoto’s life and work. The full-color book has more than 100 illustrations, including rare photos from Dr. Sinoto’s private collection, plus notes and a list of references.

Order a single issue or receive this special issue as part of a subscription to Mānoa here.

Nov. 17 Event at UH: Translating Curve of the Hook

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Mānoa Editor and Translator to Speak about Translation Process for Curve of the Hook

biography-talkMānoa editor Frank Stewart and guest translator Madoka Nagadō will describe the painstaking process of working on Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia during a Nov. 17 event at the UHM Center for Biographical Research. The event is part of the center’s weekly Brown Bag Biography series.

The project began with the Mānoa editors wishing to publish a biography about Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto. They eventually found Japanese publication Rakuen Kōkogaku and undertook its translation and editing. In 1996, the book received the Yoshikawa Eiji Cultural Award, and in 1999 was selected as one of the best 100 biographies of a Japanese in the twentieth century. Curve of the Hook has been revised for readers with an interest in Polynesia, archaeology, Pacific history and culture—and for those who simply want to read an enthralling story.

The talk will be held Thursday, November 17, from noon-1:15 p.m. at the Center for Biographical Research in Henke Hall at the University of Hawai‘i. Stewart is a professor of English and Nagadō is a doctoral student in literary studies at the university. Production of Curve of the Hook is cosponsored by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. For more information see the attached flier.

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Acclaimed Poet Ko Un Reading at Library of Congress with Mānoa journal

Ko Un

Poet Ko Un

The Library of Congress International Literature Series presents a Sept. 19 reading and discussion with accomplished Korean poet Ko Un, who was featured in the recent Mānoa issue, The Colors of Dawn: Twentieth Century Korean Poetry. Ko Un, frequently mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be joined by Mānoa editor Frank Stewart and one of the volume translators, Brother Anthony.

The Library of Congress event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI). Learn more about the event the Library of Congress website.

The following day, Sept. 20, George Washington University will also host a bilingual reading with Ko Un and Brother Anthony.  More information, including an event schedule, can be found at the reading’s event page.

About Ko Un

Ko Un is one of Korea’s most prolific and popular poets. He has published 155 books, of which about 70 are poetry books. More than 50 volumes of his work have been translated into over 30 languages. Winner of some 20 prestigious literary awards, he is frequently mentioned as a contender for a Nobel Literature prize.

About The Colors of Dawn:

The Colors of DawnThroughout the twentieth century, few countries in Asia suffered more from foreign occupation, civil war, and international military conflict than Korea. The Colors of Dawn brings together the moving and powerful voices of over forty Korean poets from these turbulent years. In the midst of internal and external conflicts, Korea’s poets―threatened by the authorities with torture, imprisonment, and death―found ways to express their fierce desire for freedom and self-governance. Order a copy of The Colors of Dawn.