Green Paradoxes: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Literatures and Environmental Crises

Southern California East Asia Colloquium Series







NOTE: This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Ahn Family House (AHN), USC

In this talk, Karen Thornber, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, will discuss how East Asian creative texts grapple with environmental degradation and highlight what Professor Thornber calls ecoambiguity, the conflicting ways people interact with the natural environment. The focus will be on fiction and poetry from China, Japan, and Korea that depict people who show obvious fascination with nature, or who go so far as to declare that they respect, or even love nature, as contributing, deliberately or inadvertently, to damaging or destroying the nonhuman.

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Co-sponsored by USC Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures with additional support from USC Korean Studies Institute and USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture 


  • East Asian Studies Center
  • 3454 Trousdale Parkway
  • College Administrative Services Building (CAS) 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154