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February 21st, 2022

Overlooked: Being Korean in Japan — A Review of "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

by Chiara Meitz

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee leads us into the lives of a Korean family in Japan during the 20th century. Her narrative follows four generations through ...read the full piece >>

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February 7th, 2022

Through the Lens of a Traveller: A Review of "Icon" by Chiara Maxia

by Joselle Ali

For this review, our volunteer Joselle had the pleasure of interviewing actress and author Chiara Maxia. As she unravels the text, she sets out to ...read the full piece >>

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January 24th, 2022

“In Guam, even the dead are dying” — A Review of Julian Aguon’s "The Properties of Perpetual Light"

by Andrea Färber

Coming to terms with loss and what it means to grow up in a country that is never truly one’s own, The Properties of Perpetual Light is a thoughtfully ...read the full piece >>

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December 21st, 2021

The Loyalties We Flaunt, The Betrayals We Conceal — A Review of "This Fish Is Fowl" by Xu Xi

by Sam Dapanas

Identity is not fixed. Sometimes, it can be fluid or even unfinished, as if it is never meant to be finished at all. In her last collection of essays, ...read the full piece >>

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November 22nd, 2021

Growing Up Through Trauma and Deep Displacement — A Review of "Sandpaper Tongue, Parchment Lips" by Melanie Hyo-In Han

by Matic Ačko

Through the scattered, yet vivid poems of Sandpaper Tongue, Parchment Lips , Melanie Hyo-In Han tells the story of being a young girl belonging to ...read the full piece >>

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October 25th, 2021

Change and Tradition in "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" by Yiyun Li — A Review

by Qing Xu

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2005) by Yiyun Li seeks to carve a middle way for Chinese-American literature, between relentless political ...read the full piece >>

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October 8th, 2021

A Powerful Translingual Cli-Fi Story — A Review of "Gun Island" by Amitav Ghosh

by Lisa Schantl

Translingual, Calcutta born writer Amitav Ghosh is known for his well-researched and densely crafted works of fiction and nonfiction, often concerned ...read the full piece >>

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September 15th, 2021

From Individual Voices to a Political Project — A Review of "DREAMing Out Loud: Voices of Undocumented Writers"

by Filippo Bagnasco

DREAMing Out Loud: Voices of Undocumented Writers is the 2020 annual anthology of the eponymous writing workshop for undocumented immigrants in New ...read the full piece >>

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June 29th, 2021

“There is no story that is not true”: A Timeless Classic in Restless Times — A Review of "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe

by Andrea Färber

In Things Fall Apart (1958), one of the most prominent writers of African literature, Chinua Achebe, tells the story of Okonkwo. Readers find ...read the full piece >>

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May 30th, 2021

The Importance of Finding a Home in One’s Own Body — A Review of "home body" by Rupi Kaur

by Sandra Tanzmeister

In her latest poetry collection home body (2020), Rupi Kaur gives an intimate glimpse into the journey of her mind and body and her experiences as a ...read the full piece >>
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