Asia Pacific Arts - Books 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. +/- 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. journalist Ed Park dives into fiction in his debut novel Personal Days, poking fun at office banalities while ignoring the rules of structure. 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. 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.