Hans Rollmann is a writer, editor, and broadcaster based in Canada. An award-winning journalist, he's a reporter/editor with the online media publication The Independent (TheIndependent.ca) and Program Director at community radio station CHMR-FM. He adores travel, writing, and Portuguese cheese. He abhors vacuums, stir-fries, and brussels sprouts. He's ambivalent on broccoli and the Oxford comma. He can be reached by email at hansnf [at-sies] gmail [dot-sies] com or on Twitter @hansnf.
Lafcadio Hearn is highly regarded as an early writer and researcher on Japan. Monique Truong's The Sweetest Fruit irresistibly reconsiders his legacy from the perspective of the women whose lives were affected by him.
While Keiji Nakazawa never hesitated to loose his wrath on fascist or right-leaning tendencies through the fury of his irrepressible cartoon hero in Barefoot Gen, Takeo Aoki's Hiroshima's Revival weaves a more cautious path through the political jungle of wartime memory.
John Hersey covered Hiroshima and America's race riots with empathy, courage, and profound humility. Jeremy Treglown's biography, Mr. Straight Arrow, should bring a new generation of readers to Hersey's work.