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Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

[Singapore] A new book has shed more light on how Singapore’s authoritarian leader Lee Kuan Yew rapped the knuckles of independent-minded journalists whom he deemed to have failed to toe the official line. In his memoir, The Reluctant Editor- The Singapore Media as Seen Through the Eyes of a Veteran Newspaper Journalist -, P.N. Balji shared […]

Award-winning Han Kang wants to write about books in her life

Award-winning Han Kang wants to write about books in her life

Han Kang, the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International prize, said during a local book fair she would someday like to write about the books that guided her through her sometimes difficult life. “I think I might write a book about books someday. I have this wish to write the book after a few […]

Annual book fair to open for 5-day run in Seoul

Annual book fair to open for 5-day run in Seoul

The annual Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) will raise its curtains next week to guide book lovers through the latest news and trends in the publishing industry at home and abroad under the theme “Arrival,” its organizers said Monday. The 25th SIBF, set to run from June 19-23 at the Convention and Exhibition Center in […]

Female voices, feminism increase dominance on Korean literary scene

Female voices, feminism increase dominance on Korean literary scene

  “Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982,” a revealing feminist novel, made a splash on the literary scene late last year, selling more than 1 million copies in South Korea, the country’s first million-seller novel since “Please Look After Mom” in 2009 by Shin Kyung-sook. The book by Cho Nam-joo debuted rather modestly in October 2016 […]

China’s Political Economy Under the Microscope

China’s Political Economy Under the Microscope

  The “red swan” that gives this book its title refers to China’s Communist Party-state policy-making process, and is a play on the “black swan” of the induction fallacy, popularized by the former Wall Street trader and finance professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Sebastian Heilmann’s policy-centric work is a blend of political economy and political science […]

The Appalling Cost of Western Hubris

The Appalling Cost of Western Hubris

Given the vast literature on the Indochina wars, whether the French colonial conflict of 1945 to 1954 or the US war with North Vietnam of 1954 to 1975, it might be asked why the need for another study of a familiar subject. The value of this new, magisterial account, which has justly received plaudits from […]

How feminist book ‘Kim Ji-young’ became million-seller

How feminist book ‘Kim Ji-young’ became million-seller

  “Kim Ji-young Born in 1982,” a novel describing the life of an ordinary Korean housewife on a career break, has sold 1 million copies as of Nov. 27, just over two years after its release in October 2016. This is the first Korean novel to have sold over 1 million copies in nearly a decade, […]

‘Kim Ji-young Born in 1982’ is best-selling Asian book in Japan

‘Kim Ji-young Born in 1982’ is best-selling Asian book in Japan

“Kim Ji-young Born in 1982,” a novel describing the life of an ordinary Korean housewife on a career break, has become the best-seller in the Asian literature category of the online shopping site Amazon Japan. The Japanese version of Korea’s popular feminism novel was published in Japan on Dec. 8. It ranked No. 1 in […]

Xi’s visit to bring opportunities for cooperation: Spanish Senate President

Xi’s visit to bring opportunities for cooperation: Spanish Senate President

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Spain will inject new dynamism to the Spain-China comprehensive strategic partnership and bring new opportunities for future cooperation between the two countries, Senate President Pio Garcia Escudero of Spain told People’s Daily in a recent interview. Spain is looking forward to his visit, Escudero said. This year marks […]

Books to Read

Books to Read

Along with the last decade’s global trend of liberal retreat and authoritarian ascent, and as authoritarian states — China and Russia in particular — vigorously try to expand their influence across the globe, a new notion of “sharp power” has recently begun to attract attention. This refers to the ability to affect others to obtain […]

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