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'What you have now – your courage and hope, solidarity and discipline – are so precious. You have no idea how people in the dark corners of the world, me included, covet it.'

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

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

Interviews with Claire Tham & Amanda Lee Koe

All Burma Federation of Student Unions
Photo: thanks to ABFSU
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28 November 2014 - ko ko thett on the confrontation between students and state in Myanmar.

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Here are the first articles in a growing series of jewels from the archive.
This week's gem - Sacred Cow - Sindhu Rajasekaran
Glory, Repentance - Tammy Ho
Three Poems - Tammy Ho
The Name of China - Jan Morris
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We're delighted to announce a collaboration with Griffith REVIEW, Australia's most prominent literary publication.

New Asia will feature the best young writers in Asia-Pacific today.

Click here for full details.

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Non-fiction | Martin Alexander


Some things never change. Relentlessly lovely or fiercely intractable, they are fixtures that command our attention. The majesty and mystery of nature will always draw us towards it. No matter how repressed or destitute they may be, people will always strive for their dreams and the freedom to make them real. We hope that well-chosen words will always wield more enduring might than the sword. Not only can they rouse a crowd to action - they can also help us make sense of the unfathomable. More...

Non-fiction | Kavita A. Jindal


‘I will catch you today, Sister Philomena,’ I called to the youthful nun running away from me. ‘I will catch you.’

Sister Philomena disappeared into the courtyard that fronted the boarding house. We’d barely finished choosing the teams and tossing the coin that made my team the catchers and hers the vanishers, and she’d raced off already. The girls in her team streamed out behind her, yelling, ‘Find me if you can! Catch me if you can!’ leaving me in the arched corridor with my team.    More....



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At Poetry Parnassus.

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

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The Nobel laureate's love poem to his wife.


This poem was first published in the Asia Literary Review in December 2010. It was translated from the Chinese by Zheng Danyi, Shirley Lee and Martin Alexander in September 2010. It featured with Charter 08 in the World-Wide Readings on the 20th March 2011 and 2012, organised by the Berlin Literature Festival and Authors for...



‘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.