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    New Asia Now

    The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world’s most populous region.

    Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now showcases outstanding young writers from the countries at the centre of Asia’s ongoing transformation. They write about the people and places they know with passion, flair and insight.

    All born after 1970, our contributors are cultural agenda setters at home who explore issues of identity and belonging in the new...

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    Jane Camens
    Passing judgement

    Women who liked to cook generally liked to eat too. He'd had no trouble at all finding pleasant dinner companions, some of them willing to try something more adventurous than coq au vin or sushi rolls. He had no great passion for any of these women, but they made life alone tolerable. He was happy alone. Besides, Luis had felt more alone in his marriage.

    JANE CAMENS is the co-editor of our current edition, Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now, and is about to embark on a national tour with some of our international contributors. See our events page for more details.

    Let’s take a look back at Jane’s short story – Passing Judgement, which was published in Griffith Review 30: The Annual Fiction Edition.

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    New Asia Now volume 2

    Is there anything left to discover in Asian nations, or has old Asia been trampled by new Asia? And what exactly is this ‘New Asia’ anyway?
    – Kirril Shields, What happened to 'old Asia'?

    Our exclusive ebook New Asia Now volume 2 collects eighteen pieces that quarry the Australian experience of Asia and the Asian experience of Australia. It includes fiction from Shandana Minhas, Alice Bishop and Damyanti Biswas, poetry from Nicholas Wong and Stephanie Chan, and essays by Kirril Shields, Candice Chung and Michelle Lee. 

    Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jane Camens, New Asia Now volume 2 is available as a PDF, ePub or Kindle compatible.

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    At one level at least, memory is a story you can choose to embellish or edit. So why do I tell people about this one – why do I write this one – instead of other things I dislike? I think the uncertainty fuels it, the mystery. The chance that it might not have occurred.

    In 1979, writer CHRIS JOHNSTON experienced a haunting at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore, and the memory of his fear has carried through the decades. But how reliable are our memories?  Thinking through his boyhood, his family and the Japanese invasion of Singapore, Chris explores how objects, places and events are intractably rooted in how we remember them, and how doubt can imbue the past with a sense of mystery and wonder.

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    Life after genocide

    It’s curious – and maybe even disquieting – that many of us can identify the Holocaust from such scant details and yet know little or nothing about the Armenian genocide. Curious because the two events share eerily similar narratives of mass violence, railway cattle cars, dehumanisation, and concentration camps. In fact, the Armenian genocide provided the blueprints for the Holocaust.

    Imagine learning that one of your relatives was packed into a cattle car to be hauled away and murdered in a state-run gas chamber if you’d never heard of the Holocaust. As a teenager, ASHLEY KALAGIAN BLUNT was shocked to learn about her great-grandfather’s escape from the Armenian genocide of World War I.  In the wake of the hundredth anniversary, Ashley’s quest to learn about her family’s heritage takes her back to a time that has been largely overlooked by most, and actively denied by others, and yet continues to impact millions of people across the world.

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