Yoko Tawada and the Fluidity of Language Transcending Borders

Michelle Kay and Jonathan Soja from the Goethe-Institut in conversation with writer Yoko Tawada
Michelle Kay and Jonathan Soja from the Goethe-Institut in conversation with writer Yoko Tawada | © Yuko Shimizu

Critically-acclaimed author Yoko Tawada visited Toronto in the fall of 2018 for a special event. 

Yoko Tawada Yoko Tawada | © Heike Steinweg Critically-acclaimed author Yoko Tawada visited Toronto in the fall of 2018 for a special event. Co-presented with The Japan Foundation, Toronto, the event, “Transcending Borders: Yoko Tawada and the Fluditity of Language” saw the author in conversation with moderators Dr. Ted Goosen and Yasmin Aly discussing Tawada’s creative process, translation in literature, how meaning can change within a language and how it can be used to transcend borders.


Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo and currently resides in Berlin. She writes in Japanese and German and has won numerous literary awards. Many of her works have been translated into English and other languages. She stopped by the Goethe Institut Toronto to answer some questions about the German language. Watch her interview (in German with English subtitles).
 

Goethe-Institut Toronto, Jonathan Soja