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Amazing Journeys in Life and Writing with Karen Hill Anton
Episode 11211th October 2021 • Transformations with Jayne • Jayne Nakata
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This week on the show I had the pleasure of interviewing author, cross-cultural competence consultant and coach; Karen Hill Anton. She has written an amazing memoir called The View from Breast Pocket Mountain that I highly recommend! She has been living in Japan since the 1970’s, and it was fascinating to hear about how she navigated her way here, motherhood, work and the various cultural differences she encountered. Karen had a lot of wisdom to share about adapting to new situations, dealing with other people’s assumptions and discrimination, and how to build fortitude in challenging times.

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About Karen: 

Karen Hill Anton wrote the popular columns “Crossing Cultures” for The Japan Times, and “Another Look” for Chunichi Shimbun for fifteen years. She is a cross-cultural competence consultant and coach. Karen lectures widely on her experience of cross-cultural adaptation and raising four bilingual, bicultural children. She served on the internationalization advisory councils of Prime Ministers Keizō Obuchi and Ryutaro Hashimoto. 

Her work appears in The Meaning of Michelle (St. Martin’s Press) and The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press). Originally from New York City, she’s achieved second-degree mastery in Japanese calligraphy, and has lived with her husband William Anton in rural Shizuoka prefecture since 1975. Acclaimed by reviewers and readers, her memoir The View From Breast Pocket Mountain has been awarded the SPR Gold Prize, and the Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion. 

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