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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

May 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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A Discussion with the author Jamie Ford, moderated by Dr. Monica Chiu, Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire

Jamie Ford’s novel, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II and the “Internment”, and the depths and longing of a first love that was everlasting.

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Min Chung, who immigrated from Kaiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford.” Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

**This program is admission-free – made possible by a grant from the NH Humanities. Meet and Greet with the author at 6:00 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm.

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Dr. Monica Chiu specializes in Asian American studies, with a current focus on Asian/American graphic narratives. She is specifically interested in the ramifications of the internment of Japanese Americans and its lack of coverage in mainstream secondary- and post-secondary curriculum. A former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong, Chiu served as UNH’s interim Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity from June 2018 to December 2019.




May 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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