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The Lin sisters are currently working on a soon-to-be-published collaborative project titled The Night Parade. The memoir, written by Jami and illustrated by Cori, uses yōkai (the supernatural monsters, creatures, and spirits of Japanese myth and folklore) as an organizational framework. The book draws on the Japanese myth of the hyakki-yagyo —the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons— to tell the braided stories of 1) Jami’s grief after her father’s illness/death and 2) her experience with bipolar disorder, driven by the question: how do we live beside the things that haunt us? These linked essays also reflect on other haunted topics: miscarriage, coronavirus, racism, and Japanese American incarceration, in order to investigate how what we fear shapes who we are.
Kiyoshi Mino, a Chicago-based needlefelt artist, will share a work-in-progress inspired by Jami and Cori’s work and the Covid-19 pandemic.