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New! A Forest of Names: 108 Meditations

New! A Forest of Names: 108 Meditations

“Ian’s poetry project about the student victims in Sichuan is an ambitious, long-time endeavor. His project demonstrates a deep understanding of the tragic event and the humanitarian loss in a society. The poetry often deals with the intuitive and compelling translations of simple Chinese characters that make up a Chinese name. When a child is born, the family, rich or poor, always bestows all the best wishes, hope, and imagination to this newborn baby through the act of naming. Our names are always carefully chosen, and they reflect the mentality within Chinese culture. The names are often poetically striking. Ian’s writing comes from his deep fascination for cross-cultural practices and profound understanding of Chinese history and literature.

I see this work as conceptual as can be. It is a beautiful and persistent effort of a poet’s heart and mind working together, dealing with our tragic reality.”

–Ai Weiwei on A Forest of Names

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Wesleyan UP at SEM 2020

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We are pleased to be participating in the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, kicking off on October 22nd. Check out events with these Wesleyan authors and editors… Julia Byl Thursday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30pm Panel Session 9G: Music, Labor, Commerce Chair Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00pm Panel Session 12J: Proselytizers, Preachers, and Music in Colonial…
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