Jan 19 2022
Book Discussion: Two Trees Make a Forest

Book Discussion: Two Trees Make a Forest

Presented by Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

From the librarian: This read lauded as “genre-shattering” is a tale of finding your place in a changing world. Let’s make it through Kalamazoo’s less sunny months together, and again gather for our discussion! This book may also extend the experience of viewing the museum’s works of East Asian vistas.

A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan.

Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth, and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms, and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island. Joyously attentive to the natural world, Lee also turns a critical gaze upon colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, relying on and often effacing the labor and knowledge of local communities.

Dates & Times

2022/01/19 - 2022/01/19

Location Info

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007