In his new book, Bruce J. Dickson refers to contemporary Chinese politics as a study in nuanced contrasts: authoritarian yet cooperative; repressive yet responsive to public opinion.
Nicolas Gattig is a teacher and writer from San Francisco. His articles/essays about politics and education have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA magazine, Street Sheet, and the Japan Times. He is greatly interested in literature and the effects of culture.
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The writer’s new collection of eight short stories is a return to form, with first-person narratives full of cheek and playfulness.
Explaining the difference between speculative fiction and science fiction can feel like sorting out overlapping nebulae. The main distinction of speculative fiction may be that a story is just barely possible, at a slight remove from reality that veers into the playfully weird. A ...
Many writers of fiction who have shared so much as a short story have heard the old question, “Is this autobiographical?” No literary genre, however, plays with the possibility of “what actually happened” as liberally as the Japanese shishо̄setsu, known to Western readers as ...
As 2021 approaches, six Japan Times book reviewers look back on their top reads released in English this year.
Sunisa Manning’s historical fiction novel provides context for the current protests roiling Thailand as demonstrators demand democratic change.
Paek Nam-nyong’s state-approved novel reveals a side of North Korea that is rarely seen, with complex characters dealing with relatable woes.
Allison Alexy’s book on divorce, with useful advice and firsthand accounts, is an absorbing study of Japanese attitudes toward love and marriage.
Gabriele Koch’s “Healing Labor” delves into how Japanese sex workers regard their work as necessary to the social and economic well-being of Japanese society.
In smooth, heady prose, Antony Dapiran shows what he calls “a fight for the very soul of Hong Kong.”