Turning the page, we continue on our literary journey to discover the best female contemporary East Asian writers that are shaking up the world literature. Already we have dipped our attention into the writings of Han Kang and Banana Yoshimoto. In this blog we focus on three more giants of East Asian writing: Hiromi Kawakami, Krys Lee and the very moving Chinese writer Yiyun Li. Hiromi Kawakami Japanese fiction and novels have come a long way from the old traditional plays that toured feudal Japan centuries ago. The prose like many modern texts is completely different in 2018 than what it was three decades ago, never mind about centuries. Hiromi […]
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There have been some great female writers that have come from Asia, and Asian Literature can mean literature written by Asian’s or text that has Asian themes and topics. Actually Asian literature can be further split up into cultural divides as shown below: East Asian Literature West Asian Literature Southeast Asian Literature Central Asian Literature North Asian Literature In this blog we feature female authors that come from East Asia, which includes Korea, China and Japan. We study their great works and learn about who they are and what they love to write about. In Korea and Japan in particular, the writers seem to have the greatest creative spirits and […]
The second edition of our literary journey to find Asian women protagonists by modern day writers, kicks off with another novel by the excellent F.C. Lee. In the first episode of our blog another novel by F.C.Lee was featured and this book takes off where that left off.
The end of the 20th century saw an emergence of strong female political leaders who represent many different ethnicities. What they all have in common is that they have overcome sexism in order to firstly get voted as the leader of their parties and secondly become the most favored politician in their country. Many have done so without cowing to public pressure and have proved to be just as strong as their male counterparts. This was certainly the case with Margaret Thatcher who was the prime minister of the United Kingdom between 1979 and 1990. She was the first woman to hold the post and was the longest serving prime […]
The athletics track nowadays is an arena where many black women from around the world excel. In the sprint races the field is dominated by runners of an Afro-Caribbean origin with the longer distance races being competed for by many women from East Africa. One of the United States most successful sprinters has been Florence Griffith Joyner. Her career as a sprinter saw her culminating in winning three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. It was during this period that she broke the world record times in both the 100m and the 200m. Both of these records stand today. What made “Flo Jo” stand out was her style […]
There are many career options out there today that are still firmly thought of as belonging to a ‘man’s world’. However, it only takes one or two successful women within the field to open it up to hundreds, thousands, or even more women across the globe. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most male-dominated sectors in modern life and the women who are making an impact within them. After all, inspiration leads to progress. Tech ‘Guys’ Whether it’s in conceptualising, engineering or fixing, it’s true that men currently outnumber women in most technology-based careers. The stereotype of a nerdy guy with black-rimmed glasses typing away at a […]
There have been some brilliant Asian protagonists in literature, but not that many are as famous as the great heroines or protagonists in Western novels. In this blog we hope to address that situation by looking at modern Asian protagonists in literature today.
In recent years that have been many black women who have excelled in a variety of sports. As equality has gathered pace around the world, more black women have been given the time and opportunity to participate in sport and they have excelled in a variety of events with their achievements being recorded in a number of different books. One of the greatest women tennis players of all time is Serena Williams who is still competing today. Her career has run side by side with her elder sister Venus’s and her life story is well documented in her autobiography, “Queen of the Court” (2010). In her career Williams has won […]
There are many black women who have become great authors. The experiences of life that they have encountered have given a depth to their writing that is difficult to replicate for those who have not enjoyed the same journey. The first black woman to have her work adapted for screenplay was Maya Angelou, and she was inspired by other great writers such as Langston Hughes and W.E.B Du Bois. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for “Just give me a cool drink of water ‘fore I dillie” which was a collection of her poetry. Her most famous work was “I know why the caged bird sings” which […]
There have been plenty of black women in the United States that have been thrust to the front of the media spotlight, as the country was one of the first in the developed world to undergo multiculturalism. It is all well documented: the struggles for equality that both the black community and their women encountered through history; but the progress that was made in the States was to the benefit of other black people around the world. At some period in time, other nations, especially in Europe, had to deal with the same issues, but at least they have had the benefit of seeing what had been happening in the […]