Book Reviews on Asian Lit

Black Box by Shiori Ito

Black Box by Shiori Itō

In her memoir Black Box, Shiori Itō tells the distressing event of sexual assault she encountered and her struggles to seek for help in flawed Japanese legal and investigative systems. Her case soon became the prominent #metoo movement in Japan.

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First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular is an anthology of eight short stories by one of my all time favourite authors, Haruki Murakami. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel, all stories are told in first-person narrative rich with Murakami’s signature storytelling.

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The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai tells an entrancing multigenerational saga of the Trần family. The story expands nearly a hundred years and is narrated by two female characters, Grandma Diệu Lan and her granddaughter, Hương.

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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Set in Singapore, How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee is a deeply affecting story about a comfort woman during Japanese Occupation. This book is longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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First They Erased Our Name by Habiburaham

First, They Erased Our Name by Habiburahman

First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks is a heartbreaking book narrated by a Rohingya on his life from his birth to becoming a refugee. Written by Habiburahman (Habib), Sophie Ansel and translated into English by Andrea Reece, this is such an important book depicting the systematic discrimination and organized massacres towards Rohingya People in Myanmar.

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A Good True Thai by Sunisa Manning

A Good True Thai by Sunisa Manning

Set in Thailand’s turbulent time in the 70’s, A Good True Thai by Sunisa Manning tells a striking story of three students from different backgrounds. Cleverly illustrated, the intricacies of class, racial and ideological are presented through the historical events of the student movement.

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