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

  • May 6, 2022, 1:00 pm US/Central
  • Virtual

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 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 (http://kenliu.name) 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, author Ken 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.

To register, click here (Services log-in required): https://fermipoint.fnal.gov/org/ocedi/diversitycom/Shared%20Documents/The%20Misreadings%20of%20The%20Paper%20Menagerie%20by%20Ken%20Liu.docx?d=w8268fd5b2a8740a0badc141a6f67b503

For questions, please contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran at anahirb@fnal.gov.

To read the story ahead of the talk:

A copy of the “The Paper Menagerie” is available here: https://gizmodo.com/read-ken-lius-amazing-story-that-swept-the-hugo-nebula-5958919?msclkid=f06921ffbf1e11ec95bfc92a8073432d

An audio version of the short story is available here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Immersive-Remix-The-Paper-Menagerie-by-Ken-Liu-Podcast/B09XQRTSX9

More works by Ken Liu: “The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories” (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Paper-Menagerie-and-Other-Stories/Ken-Liu/9781481424363 ) and “The Grace of Kings” (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Grace-of-Kings/Ken-Liu/The-Dandelion-Dynasty/9781481424288 ).

Guest Speaker Ken Liu’s biography:

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) 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.

Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty, in which engineers play the role of wizards. His debut collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. A second collection, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, followed. He also penned the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work. Recent projects include “The Message,” under development by 21 Laps and FilmNation Entertainment; “Good Hunting,” adapted as an episode in season one of Netflix’s breakout adult animated series Love, Death + Robots; and AMC’s Pantheon, with Craig Silverstein as executive producer, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories by Liu.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, narrative futures, and the mathematics of origami.

Liu lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.