East Asian Writers Making Waves in The World of Literature

East Asian Writers Making Waves in The World of Literature
East Asian Writers Making Waves in The World of Literature

East Asian writers are, in some ways, their cultures’ prominent voices. In Korea and Japan, especially, they have a clarity of thought and creative spirits that are imaginative, fascinating, and insightful. Women who represent women who are sidelined, who revealcultures and lives from an original point of view, and who possess the ability to teach about love and pain and quiet thought are essential to their respective cultures. Creating a list of the writers who embrace all the above wasn’t an easy task, so here are just some of those who deserved to make it.

Han Kang

Enjoying successful in the world of literature, Han Kang offers lessons of contemporary society’s more fragile and broken aspects, both Korean and beyond. Her otherworldly writing is, at times, ethereal, yet grounded in the problems that all of us have either confronted or at least heard of. Each of Kang’s books is unique and has the power to affect every individual in a different test way, yet in an equally personal fashion. You can’t escape Han Kang in Korean literature, and that’s a good thing.

Krys Lee

Krys Lee is an immigrant who has spent her entire life in America and Korea. She also has a strong command of pacing and language, exploring what it means to be Korean in a contemporary world of fragile personal and cultural identity, and turbulent politics. It’s becoming harder and harder to answer questions related to belonging and nationality, with migration so common, and so Lee draws from her writing talents and seemingly boundless imagination to really look at these questions.

Yiyun Li

Li isn’t afraid to criticise her native China, along with her adopted country America, her culture, her family, and herself. She is the epitome of honesty. A linguist, a feminist, and someone who makes her feelings known about mental health, Li also passionately supports literature and its ability to bring about change. A rare writer, she has the ability to spill her motives, fears, opinions, anxieties, and thoughts into her writing. When reading her work, it’s easy to contemplate things we once regarded as being trivial, or even avoided. There’s a power in honesty, and while we may have thought that as being obvious, after reading Li’s work, we come to realise that we didn’t know it as well as we thought we did.

Hiromi Kawakami

Many works in modern Japanese fiction, in the areas of anime, manga, and prose, are concerned with the ‘slice of life’; the idea that each moment is both important and fleeting. Hiromi Kawakami speaks more affectingly in this area than any other writer. She’s also a writer with an understanding of what it means just to exist, with our human flaws being on display. The author’s writing affects quiet thought in the more meaningful moments of a typical day and has the ability to have the reader rethink how they approach the simpler aspects of our simple lives.

Many works in modern Japanese fiction, in the areas of anime, manga, and prose, are concerned with the ‘slice of life’; the idea that each moment is both important and fleeting. Hiromi Kawakami speaks more affectingly in this area than any other writer. She’s also a writer with an understanding of what it means just to exist, with our human flaws being on display. The author’s writing affects quiet thought in the more meaningful moments of a typical day and has the ability to have the reader rethink how they approach the simpler aspects of our simple lives.

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