Xue Xinran
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Xue Xinran’s work is remarkable, not least for the way it has retrieved the lost narratives of Chinese people – and particularly women – in the twentieth century. Her latest book, Buy Me the Sky, relates the true stories of children born under China’s one-child policy.

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The Asia Literary Review invites submissions for its Autumn 2015 issue.
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Just out - Justin Hill's Smog

interview with Xinran

Hong Kong Bar Hop - poetry by Dino Mahoney

Hounds of the New Milllennium - book review by ko ko thett

The Ballad of Arlene and Nelly - fiction by Amanda Lee Koe


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23 April 2015 - Hong Kong Bar Hop - Dino Mahoney

19 January 2015 - Connectedness and Conflict - Michael Vatikiotis

12 January 2015 - Can we ever agree to agree? - Alvin Pang

For other recent blog posts, click here.

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Here are the first articles in a growing series of jewels from the archive.

This week's gem - Justin Hill's Smog

Blue Murder - Suzanne Kamata

Sacred Cow - Sindhu Rajasekaran

Glory, Repentance - Tammy Ho, Three Poems - Tammy Ho

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Here's Andrew Chan's artwork for the cover of our next issue, due out in August 2015. Details here.

In this Issue

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For a taste of what's in this issue, scroll down to visit Jeremy Tiang's Beijing Hospital, explore The Sinking City with Bill Tarrant and sample the poetry of Imtiaz Dharker and Song Lin.

Find out more about Issue 27 in From the Editors.

To read the rest, take out an eBook or joint Print+eBook subscription - and we'll deliver four issues right to your door almost anywhere in the world. 

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Whether Sheep, Goat or Ram, it is that year. Because the yang in the Chinese zodiac could refer to any of these animals, precisely which of them is being represented is a topic of debate in the English-speaking world. In any event, those who follow the Chinese calendar consider a defining characteristic of the year to be mild manners – sheepishness, so to speak. It’s been widely reported that mothers across China chose to deliver their babies in the last days of the Year of the Horse, with all its auspicious associations, rather than risk giving birth to a meek and vulnerable lamb.  More...

Fiction | Jeremy Tiang


When Doctor’s words confound Sophia’s patchy Mandarin, she says, Pardon, but he just grows unhelpfully louder. Finally she begs, Wait, wait, and dials a number. As the phone rings, she imagines the aunt’s ungainly progress through the apartment’s camphor-scented air, catching her knee on the rosewood armchair, swearing in pungent bursts.

A click and muffled thud as the aunt pulls at the cord and demands, breathlessly, Yes?  More...




Video | Jang Jin-sung

At Poetry Parnassus.

Jang Jin-sung is a North Korean defector, and...

Video | Liu Xiaobo

The Nobel laureate's love poem to his wife.

You Wait For Me With Dust was first published in the Asia Literary Review in...



‘There are more poets than stray dogs in this country,’ Thitsar Ni, a leader of a Burmese poetic pack was heard to lament at a Yangon teashop. Burma/Myanmar, with its diverse literary and oral traditions, should not surprise you if it brags the highest density on earth of poets per square mile.