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China says will clamp down on abortions for 'nonmedical purposes'

Asia Pacific Sep 27, 2021

China says will clamp down on abortions for 'nonmedical purposes'

China will reduce the number of abortions performed for "nonmedical purposes," the country's Cabinet said in new guidelines issued on Monday, that it said were aimed at improving women's reproductive health. China has already enacted strict measures aimed at preventing sex-selective abortions, and health authorities ...

'Colorful’: A second chance at a full life

Books / Reviews Sep 27, 2021

'Colorful’: A second chance at a full life

by Kris Kosaka

Besides the requisite recently deceased soul and guardian angel, “Colorful,” Eto Mori’s English-language debut released on July 20 from Counterpoint Press, offers a unique take on the reincarnation trope. Banned from the cycle of rebirth because of a “grave error” in his previous life, the ...

‘The Baseball Widow’: A moving read on isolation

Books / Reviews Sep 27, 2021

‘The Baseball Widow’: A moving read on isolation

by Kris Kosaka

After a succession of young adult novels, Shikoku-based writer Suzanne Kamata returns to adult fiction with “The Baseball Widow,” out from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing on Oct. 5. Kamata weaves multiple narratives throughout a cross-cultural study of Japan and the United States. Bicultural marriage, returnee struggles, teenage ...