Category: From Asia with Love

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Translucent Lethargy and Veins of Silence in Banana Yoshimoto’s “Asleep”

Myra here. I rarely review adult novels here in GatheringBooks. Picture books are usually my chosen genre while Iphigene is the default reviewer of adult literature, particularly Japanese ones given her love for Murakami. This time, however, I could not resist sharing a few of my thoughts about Banana Yoshimoto’s Asleep. This is my first Yoshimoto novel. ...

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Of Mums and Rabbits in Komako Sakai’s “Mad at Mommy” and “The Snow Day”

Myra here. I meant to share these two picture books for our previous bimonthly theme From Asia with Love – A Feast of Asian Literature. I learned about Komako Sakai through Naomi Kojima’s Keynote during the recently-concluded Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. However, as I read through the stories, I thought it still fit our ...

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[Illustrator’s Sketchpad] An ‘Artful’ Being: Susanna Goho Quek, the National Geographic, and The House of Suzie Wong

Hello everyone. Myra here. The GatheringBooks team is very happy to welcome Auntie Susanna Goho-Quek as our Featured Artist for our Illustrator’s Sketchpad. Here is a brief Q and A about Auntie Su’s creative journeys and the many activities that she is involved in. This is our final Feature on Auntie Susanna. Check out Part One ...

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[Meet the Storyteller] A day in the Life of a Children’s Book Artist – Naomi Kojima

We are very privileged to feature Naomi Kojima for our Meet the Storyteller as we celebrate From Asia With Love: A Feast of Asian Literature – our current bimonthly theme. What is a typical day for you like? I used to be a night person, but now I like to work in daylight. I wake up early, and work ...

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Poetry Friday: Deliver Me

  Iphigene Here. Last time I was here on Poetry Friday I thought it would be my last time to share a poem from our featured poet, Kristian Jeff Corteza Agustin. I was wrong. Today would be that day. It’s the perfect transition to our new theme as we talk about love, loss and coming of age ...