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Karen Tei Yamashita

Yamashita is author of "Letters to Memory," "Through the Arc of the Rain Forest," "Brazil-Maru," "Tropic of
Orange," "Circle K Cycles," "I Hotel," and "Anime Wong." "I Hotel" was selected as finalist for the National
Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, and the Association for Asian
American Studies Book Award. She is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.