Asia Pacific Arts - Books http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/ Asia Pacific Arts, published by the UCLA Asia Institute, covers the dynamic worlds of Asian and Asian American arts and entertainment. en-us Collective Secrets: interviews with Secret Identities editors Keith Chow, Parry Shen, Jerry Ma, and Jeff YangA month after the release of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, the editors reflect on the project thus far, and hints at heroic (and villainous) works to come.http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=109019Mathematics +/- MemoryYoko Ogawa's latest novel to be translated into English is The Housekeeper and the Professor, a story about a curious friendship that is illuminated through the complexity of numbers.http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=104918Best of 2008: Things We're Looking Forward to in 2009Stephen Chow in the Green Hornet (pending), and Hou Hsiou-hsien's Ninja Assasin, we're going to have to wait until 2010 for. But here are some things that might make 2009 a little more special. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=102524A Farce to be Wreckoned WithDon Lee's Wrack & Ruin resurrects the fictitious town of Rosarita Bay, entertaining over-the-top plotlines while giving readers a guide to farming and agriculture. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98323After This Our DisappointmentPak Tong Cheuk's very good Chinese-language study of the Hong Kong New Wave becomes a welcome, though far from perfect, English edition from Intellect Books. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98324Anecdotally YoursThe recent translation of Tadao Sato's 1982 monograph on filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi is a welcome addition for English-reading film enthusiasts but would have benefited from more editorial contextualization. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98441APA Top Ten: Favorite Asian American characters in literatureOn the occasion of APA's Book Issue, we ask our writers to pick out Asian American characters in literature that have made an impression.http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98328AutosummarizeAccomplished journalist Ed Park dives into fiction in his debut novel Personal Days, poking fun at office banalities while ignoring the rules of structure. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98229East of Japan, West of AmericaJapanese scholar Rebecca Suter shows how Haruki Murakami not only bridges Japan and the U.S., but, somewhat unexpectedly, politics and pleasure as well.http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98268International WatersNam Le has a way with language, and his debut short story collection The Boat captures the complexities of memory in a way that's both global and universal.http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=98322