© Konstantin Bessmertny
© Konstantin Bessmertny
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Here's an introduction to what's on offer in ALR31. Free-to-view are interviews with Xu Xi and Krys Lee, and our irresistible extract from Sebastian Sim's Let's Give It Up for Gimme Lao!. With poetry from John Thieme and the editors' take on the issue as a whole, it's a delicious taste of our latest issue.

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Fiction | Sebastian Sim

'There were three things Gimme Lao did not know about himself.

The first occurred at his point of birth. The second happened way before he was born. And the third repeated itself many times over his life.' 

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Krys Lee © Matt Douma
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'I’m more interested in the North Korean people as individuals, frankly, and the identities we impose on them are the deeper concerns of How I Became a North Korean. Non-fiction would have required many betrayals or revelations that people might regret later.' 

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Xu Xi © Leslie Lausch
Xu Xi © Leslie Lausch
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When Nixon met Mao, it was a bit like when Harry met Sally – the beginning of a long relationship that would prove to be fraught with tension and arguments, but also involved cooperation, mutually beneficial trades and cultural, artistic and personal interaction. 

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Poetry | John Thieme
I make steady progress across the board.
‘Imperious’ is the word you use to describe it,
While mounting a nonchalant defence,
Against my hopeful, hopping pegs,
Pygmy soldiers in the Shanghai dusk.
 
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In this Issue

News & Events | ALR Staff

 

For an idea of what's in this issue, click here to read our free-to-view articles and From the EditorsThen scroll down to the contents list below, where we feature an extract from Sebastian Sim's Let's Give It Up for Gimme Lao! There's a sample of ALR31's poetry in John Thieme's mischievous Chinese Checkers. We also offer two terrific interviews, where Xu Xi searches for Gordon Ashberry, her missing protagonist, while Krys Lee tells us about her new novel, set in the borderlands of North Korea and China.

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Fiction | Sebastian Sim

 

There were three things Gimme Lao did not know about himself.

The first occurred at his point of birth. The second happened way before he was born. And the third repeated itself many times over his life. Strictly speaking, the third was not about him. It was about the pivotal impact he had on other people, which he never found out about.

Take, for example, Yik Fan. Gimme Lao and Yik Fan went to the same primary school. Being two years apart, they were not in the same class, nor did they end up in the same extracurricular sports team. As far as he was concerned, Gimme Lao never knew Yik Fan existed.

Yik Fan, on the other hand, would never forget Gimme Lao. More...

Interviews | ALR Staff

 

When Nixon met Mao, it was a bit like when Harry met Sally – the beginning of a long relationship that would prove to be fraught with tension and arguments, but also involved cooperation, mutually beneficial trades and cultural, artistic and personal interaction. It was also the beginning of a challenge to US supremacy as the world’s superpower, because China’s subsequent economic rise proved so startling and fast, much faster than the world expected.

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Media

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...

Audio | ALR

Hong Kong launch for ALR30 - RTHK Radio 4's Morning Call on 2016-05-13 - presenter ...

Reviews

‘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.

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