Dreaming of Peace and Reunification

The politics and poetics of crossing borders come through beautifully in democracy activist Mun Ik-hwan’s calls for Korean reunification in his 1989 poem “Sleep Talking Which Isn’t Sleep Talking.” Its radical message continues to be relevant in light of current setbacks to inter-Korean relations and peace in the Middle East.

Green Fish

In this pandemic-set short story, a Chinese-American protagonist contends with questions of identity and belonging, leading up to a dramatic ending.  

Jeremy Fernando, twenty twenty-three

the only thing that continues to surprise meis that we are still  surprised that we stillcontinue to claim to besurprised each time this happens as if thesurprise would save us havingto...

Christopher Connery, All Hallows’ Eve: Shanghai 2023

There was a certain foreboding. Only the River Flows (河边的错误 dir. Wei Shujun literally The Mistake at the Riverside), a bleakly surreal pseudo-noir art film reminiscent of David Lynch and based on a story...

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This issue offers a new perspective on indigeneity and encourage us to consider the ways in which settler colonialism continues to play a major role in extractive capitalist projects, land dispossession, and political domination in “Asia.”

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