Inclusion Matters 2022: Virtual Talk by Ken Liu – The Misreadings of “The Paper Menagerie”

On May 6 at 1 p.m., the Fermilab Asian Pacific Association LRG and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will co-host author Ken Liu for his virtual talk, The Misreadings of “The Paper Menagerie.”  This Inclusion Matters 2022 program will help honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Ken Liu ( is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France among other countries.

“The Paper Menagerie” is widely anthologized and taught, and, perhaps surprisingly, widely misread. In this talk, Liu will discuss the inspirations behind the story, its reception, and why the label “Asian-American literature” often generates flawed interpretive frameworks for American literature by writers of Asian descent. The provocative talk is sure to inspire many discussions on ways of reading and how to empathetically engage the stories we encounter.

The talk will last about 40-45 minutes, followed by Q&A.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories


To register,  click here (Services log-in required).

For questions, please contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran.

To read the story ahead of the talk:

A copy of the “The Paper Menagerie” is available here.

An audio version of the short story is available here.