Publication Date: March 2020 Publisher: NYU Press Genre: Non-Fiction Throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, skin-whitening advertisements promising "ugly duckling to swan" transformations are pervasive. While they are provocative, controversial and racist they are extremely effective in marketing and sharing the widespread belief that " light skin is beautiful". It is on … Continue reading Whiter by Nikki Khanna (Ed.)
Original Title: In Altre Parole Translator: Ann Goldstein Genre: Non-Fiction,, Translated, Memoir In Other Words, chronicles Jhumpa Lahiri's love affair with Italian. She discovers it at 25 when she goes on vacation with her sisters. She dabbles in learning it. It eventually turns into an obsession, that she and her family move to Italy so … Continue reading In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash I have always had a love-hate relationship with the French language. I was privileged to access lessons from a young age but something always got in the way. For example, in high school when we had to pick subjects in Form 1, I had to drop out of the French class because … Continue reading Learning French in Self-Isolation+Resources
Translator: Immanuel Kim Publication Date: April 2020 Genre: Literary Fiction A woman in her thirties goes to the courthouse to file for a divorce, where she meets an eccentric judge who has to investigate her case before finalising it. Paek examines love, marriage and divorce in North Korea in the 1980s through the lives of … Continue reading Friend by Paek Nam-Nyong
A sneak peak into the life of Korean American immigrant struggling to balance family loyalty with his own ideals during the Asian Financial Crisis.