Every month, we gather some smart speakers and a curious crowd, add a bar, and create something unique. This month, join two writers in very different fields, both searching for something hidden.
Our first speaker, journalist Nithin Coca, asks us to consider this tragic story in a wider context:
Last year in Tibet, a celebrity, singer Tsewang Norbu, set himself on fire in front of the most popular tourist site in Lhasa, the Potala Palace. The site is visited by millions each year, and his act was likely seen by many. Yet, to this day, not a single video or image of the incident exists.
Then, author Michael Pronko considers how to describe our home:
Tokyo resists description. I want to try to articulate what qualities of the city are uniquely challenging when putting the experience of the city into words. Tokyo’s fluidity, historicity, density, turbidity, and humanity defy description. But that defiance of language is what makes Tokyo so interesting.
Drinks (both alcoholic and non) will be available. Drink, meet, and be square-y! Kids are also welcome at Nerd Nite.
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- Nithin Coca (Mastodon) (Linkedin) — Real Time Censorship and Digital Authoritarianism in Chinese-occupied Tibet
- Michael Pronko (Jazz in Japan) (Facebook) (Instagram) (Twitter) — The Impossibility of Writing Tokyo
When: October 20 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00
Price: ¥1000 at the door; online advance purchase available soon
Livestream: Livestream tickets are required and will be on sale soon. ¥1000 suggested; free option also available!
COVID-19 safety policy: Please wear a mask. See below for details.
「Nerd Nite東京」は、 毎月行われ、TEDのような講演を2、3つ、TEDよりもリラックスした空間でお酒を飲みながらお楽しみいただけます。
COVID-19 safety policy
To help protect vulnerable members of our community, please wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth at all times, unless you are drinking, eating, or presenting on stage.
We recommend the use of surgical masks made from ‘non-woven’ material, as well as masks that meet the N95, KN95, or DS2 standards. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one to you at the door.
We also strongly encourage you to have received a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine, but we will not require proof of vaccination.