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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 […]

South Korea: racist book about Filipinas banned

South Korea: racist book about Filipinas banned

Major book retailers have stopped selling an “obscene and racist” book about Filipinas. Online retailers, including Aladin, Yes24 and Bandi & Lunis, have removed the e-book, “How to Treat Bar Hostesses in the Philippines.” This move came after a tweet about the book was widely spread earlier this month. Many people have taken issue with […]

[Book review] Charles Bukowski, the Outsider Genius of the American Literature

[Book review] Charles Bukowski, the Outsider Genius of the American Literature

Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness is a paperback collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski published in 1972. Each story is based on first-person narration, compiling stories that are personally linked to Bukowski’s own life. At the time he wrote the novel, the author was fifty years-old. He twice tried […]

Dreaming big

Dreaming big

She’s bubbly and energetic; she’s twenty-five. But it’s scary opening up a new chapter in your life. Change calls for courage, especially when you’re young and things are unsure. Still, Lee Young Jae has always been sure of her love for books and writing. She used to look at her grandfather, who would spend hours […]

[Book review] The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

[Book review] The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Dragons, ghosts, and cooked racoons—they were the backbone of her existence, and the only attachment she had to the culture of her first-generation Chinese immigrant parents. By calling forth memories of her childhood growing up a small Asian girl in California, Maxine Hong Kingston opens her family’s box of secrets to the world. But The […]

[Book review] Identity in Hermann Hesse’s Novels

[Book review] Identity in Hermann Hesse’s Novels

Demian is a semi-autobiographical story written by Hermann Hesse, published in 1919. The novel is set in Germany, in the decade preceding World War I, and tells of a troubled adolescent’s arrival at self-awareness. Emil Sinclair is his own narrator, describing his personal journey towards a genuine understanding of his inner self after growing up […]

[Book Review] President Duterte: How and Why?

[Book Review] President Duterte: How and Why?

  Easy answers came fast on the heels of his May 2016 election, most putting him down for a fool or a tool. Two new books take a closer look at both Rodrigo Duterte the man and the initial phase of his presidency. In A Duterte Reader, sociologist Nicole Curato gathered 19 Filipino scholars, journalists and […]

[Book Review] Charting China’s Contradictions

[Book Review] Charting China’s Contradictions

The vote by the Chinese National People’s Congress in March to abolish presidential term limits marked a dramatic, if unsurprising, step along President Xi Jinping’s path toward centralizing power. As he moves to entrench his authority at home as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, he also seeks to deepen Beijing’s imprint abroad: […]

Sonnet Mondal’s ‘Karmic Chanting’ to travel to USA and Europe

Sonnet Mondal’s ‘Karmic Chanting’ to travel to USA and Europe

With a writer residency scheduled in August 2018 at the Sierra Neveda College, U.S.A., Sonnet Mondal looks forward to promote his book ‘Karmic Chanting’ to be released soon from Copper Coin publishers, New Delhi. The book is a collection of mystical poems penned by Mondal over a period of five years and contains endorsements from […]

[Book Review] Questioning the Role of Women in the 19th Century

[Book Review] Questioning the Role of Women in the 19th Century

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, Thomas Egerton, 1813   Set in rural England in the early 1800s, Pride and Prejudice is a novel of the Bennett family’s story. The family includes a negligent father, a silly empty-headed mother, and five daughters: the eldest Jane, Elizabeth (also called Lizze and sometimes, Eliza), Mary, Kitty, and the […]

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