Another Kind of Paradise is out from Cheng & Tsui! Self received her author copy just before leaving for the Association for Asian Studies Conference, happy happy joy joy.

Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction by Trevor Carolan, followed by a list of the authors included, grouped by country:

    . . . whether looking forward or harkening back to colonial-era experiences, at the root of this anthology is the simple tradition of storytelling, the fundamental organizing ritual at the core of communal, agricultural life. It is in this that the writers of the Asia-Pacific plainly excel, and that elevates their works from quotidian documentary to meaningful discourse addressing both the individual’s and their societies’ moral and ethical dilemmas within the ongoing global crisis of spirit and meaning. As readers will discover, there is enlightenment here for the having.
  • From Bangladesh: Niaz Zaman: “The Dance”
  • From Burma: Nyi Pu Lay: “The Python”
  • From Cambodia: Kong Bunchhoeun: “A Mysterious Passenger”
  • From China: Hong Ying: “The Snuff Bottle”; Yu Hua: “Their Son”
  • From Hong Kong: Xu Xi: “Until the Next Century”
  • From Indonesia: Putu Oka Sukanta: “Storm Clouds Over the Island of Paradise”; Martin Aleida: “Dewangga’s Pendant”
  • From Japan: Seiko Tanabe: “The Innocent”; Shogo Oketani: “A Day and a Half of Freedom”
  • From Korea: Yun Dae Nyeong: “The Silver Trout Fishing Network”; Mi-na Choi: “Third Meeting”
  • From Laos: Outhine Bounyavong: “Wrapped-Ash Delight”
  • From Malaysia: K. S. Maniam: “Arriving”; Mulaika Hijjas: “Confinement”
  • From The Philippines: Gilda Cordero-Fernando: “Bushouse”; Self: “Lizard”
  • From Singapore: Alfian Bin Sa’at: “Pillow”
  • From Taiwan: Ku Ling: “Lord Beile”
  • From Thailand: Samruan Singh: “The Necklace”
  • From Vietnam: Pham Thi Hoai: “Nine Down Makes Ten”

Self hearts Trevor!  And Frances Cabahug, who worked so hard to help put this volume together!

Self’s only regret is that there probably aren’t going to be any readings — since none of the authors reside anywhere near each other!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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