Last week, Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyajev died
at age 88 after a 70-year reign. Amid numerous political uprisings
and violent clashes, he’s served as a “unifying force,” says Asia Society Executive Vice
Nagorski. But his death now leaves a vacuum, as his
much less popular son is poised to succeed him. In an interview with Asia Blog, John Ciorciari discusses
what could happen with the succession, how much risk there is of
instability, and what could happen to the country’s infamous lèse
Chinese-American novelist Ha Jin’s
latest work, The
Boat Rocker, follows the story of a fiercely principled
Chinese expatriate reporter who produces a website read by Chinese
people around the world. But in one assignment, he must investigate
his ex-wife — an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a
pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of
literary stardom. In this excerpt, the reporter receives his assignment
and learns that his life will soon take an interesting turn.
At Asia Society in New York, four
award-winning Southeast Asian born writers discussed the theme of
identity and considered how divisions within their respective
countries were further complicated when living in the United States.
“Are we seen as American writers?” asked Philippine-born Jessica Hagedorn.
“Are we seen as Filipina-American writers? Are we seen as Filipina
writers — and just as expats who have been here forever?" Read
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