Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

The Traveling of Texts and the Areas of Meaning

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

This panel explores various phenomena deriving from the translation, adaptation, and reception of some Japanese literary texts in Vietnam, the United States, Korea and Japan. As Japanese texts travel across different societies, they undergo the transformation in areas such as linguistic nuance, contextual background, and genres of art. This results in new interpretations of the texts and raises questions of gender, language, philosophy, and politics.


The linguistic analysis of Murakami Haruki's works challenges a common view that his writing style is transparent and simple, and suggests instead that Murakami devised both linguistically hybrid and grammatically unconventional sentences that signify a new sensitivity to the transnational atmosphere of the 1980s. The study of the adaptation and reception of Murakami's novel in Vietnam suggests the constructive process of gender relationships between Vietnam and Japan, which includes the tension and resistance of interpretive strategies. Though the Jewish Talmud is not originally a Japanese work, its popular translation to Korean was done via the Japanese, providing a unique opportunity to trace the shifting meanings of these educational stories and their interactions with multiple societies.


It is important in our globalizing world to analyze how art can lead to political debate and social change, further facilitating the creation of new meanings in new contexts. It is our goal to illuminate facets of this infinite cycle.

Minh Thi. Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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Tuan Hoang Phong

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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Minh Thi. Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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Chie Tokuyama

University of Oregon, United States

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Minh Thi. Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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Aviya Amir

University of California, Riverside, United States

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Tuan Hoang Phong

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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Tuan Hoang Phong

Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam

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