The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of writing! We’re joined by Dreux Richard to talk about his new book, Every Human Intention. Dreux will be in conversation with Zach Powers, author and Director of Communications at The Writer’s Center.
RSVP below, and you’ll receive an email on or before March 4 with instructions for joining the chat via our video conferencing platform, Zoom. FREE and open to the public, all times Eastern. Limited space.
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Dreux Richard is an American writer, journalist, and literary translator. From 2011 to 2016, he covered Japan’s African community for The Japan Times, where he also led a yearlong investigation of the “world’s safest” nuclear plant, published as one of the longest print articles in the newspaper’s 124-year history. His work has appeared in CounterPunch, The New York Times, and Estadão, among others. He is a doctorate-by-research candidate at the University of Otago in New Zealand and a visiting researcher at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studies smuggling and political patronage in the former Biafra region.
About the Book
A thoughtful, illuminating exploration of modern Japanese politics and culture through the eyes of an investigative reporter.
Dreux Richard presents post-Fukushima Japan in three illustrative parts. He follows members of Japan’s Nigerian community who have been affected by Japan’s flawed and exploitative visa system. He surveys the northernmost town in Japan, which is rapidly depopulating as its residents age and die. And he takes us into the offices of nuclear regulatory officials who cannot agree on the parameters of their own earthquake fault review, which will determine whether the nation’s riskiest reactors will restart. Richard’s perceptive and probing reporting establishes him as an authority on his chosen subjects, but he remains aware of his status as an outsider and “translator,” acting as the reader’s expatriate guide. The personal elements of his subjects’ stories and his own perspective afford us an understanding of today’s Japan that goes far beyond politics, truisms, and sensational arguments.