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Roland Kelts

New York, NY USA

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Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book "Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US." He was born to an American father and a Japanese mother, and grew up in both countries. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo and a steering committee member of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a Tokyo-based think tank. As a journalist, essayist, and columnist, he writes for many publications, such as The New Yorker, Time magazine, Newsweek Japan, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Japan Time. An authority on Japan's contemporary literary and popular cultures, Roland imparts his unique perspective on Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world as a public speaker and media commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC, as well. Recently, Kelts delivered a lecture at the World Economic Forum and a TED Talk in Tokyo at TEDxHaneda. He also serves as a contributing editor for Monkey Business, Japan's premier literary magazine. His forthcoming novel is called "Access."



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Sakura-Con 2008 - March 28-30 in Seattle, WA
   New York Anime Festival 2008 - September 26-28 in New York, NY
   Katsucon 2009 - February 13-15 in Arlington, VA
   Sakura-Con 2009 - April 10-12 in Seattle, WA
   Anime at UMSL 2009 - October 3 in St. Louis, MO
   T-MODE 2010 - April 16-18 in Alexandria, VA
   Sakura-Con 2011 - April 22-24 in Seattle, WA
   Otakon 2011 - July 29-31 in Baltimore, MD
   New York Comic Con 2011 - October 13-16 in New York, NY
   Otakon 2013 - August 9-11 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime Central 2015 - May 15-17 in Rosemont, IL
   Waku Waku +NYC 2015 - August 29-30 in Brooklyn, NY
   Naka-Kon 2016 - March 11-13 in Overland Park, KS
   Nan Desu Kan 2016 - September 2-4 in Denver, CO
14 guest appearances

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