Book Reviews on Asian Lit

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Set in the early 90’s, Heaven was narrated by a 14-year-old, unnamed protagonist with a lazy eye. He was frequently bullied by a group of boys at school. At the beginning of the novel, he received a note that said we should be friends.

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Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yū, translated by Morgan Giles, is one of those books that could make you love it and also break your heart at the same time. The story is narrated by Kazu, a homeless man living in a makeshift shelter in Ueno Park. The hardship and emotional pains he had endured throughout his life are poignantly told.

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From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

From the Land of Green Ghosts: a Burmese Odyssey by Pasal Khoo Thwe tells a riveting story of the writer’s journey from a small town to Cambridge. Rich with cultural stories of his Padaung heritage and packed with real events happened around Burma’s late 80’s revolution, it is one of the most important books I’ve read in my life.

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City on Fire by Antony Dapiran

City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong by Antony Dapiran

City on Fire: the Fight for Hong Kong is a book by Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer Antony Dapiran. It gives a detailed account of protests in Hong Kong during 2019 along with very thorough analysis on actions and reactions between people and their government as well as the history of events that lead to this revolution.

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Smile As They Bow by Nu Nu Yi

Smile as They Bow by Nu Nu Yi

Smile as They Bow by Nu Nu Yi (Inwa) is a story of Daisy Bond and his* life as an illustrious natkadaw (spirit medium). The book was translated to English in 2008 by Alfred Birnbaum and Thi Thi Aye. Set during the yearly Taungbyon Festival held near Mandalay, the book tells more about the colourful cultural and religious activities at the Festival as well as the various lives of people who go there.

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Queer Lit in Myanmar

Here’s a list of queer representation in Myanmar Literature in Myanmar. Rather than a queer lit recommendation, this is what I managed to compile as a tribute to #pridemonth.

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