Mo Yan Speaks: Lectures and Speeches by the Nobel Laureate from China, Shiyan Yu (trans, ed)
Mo Yan Speaks: Lectures and Speeches by the Nobel Laureate from China, Shiyan Yu (trans, ed) (Cambria Press, September 2021)

Mo Yan’s fiction has captivated a global audience for years, and his speeches are just as riveting. They provide rare insights into the complex thought processes of one of the most influential writers in the world. Mo Yan’s passion for this work comes across clearly in his lectures and speeches, reinforcing the strong emotions his works evoke in his readers. Many of these speeches have been translated into Japanese and Korean, and they are now finally available in English.

Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore, Esther Vincent (ed), Angelia Poon (ed) (Ethos Books, November 2021)
Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore, Esther Vincent (ed), Angelia Poon (ed) (Ethos Books, November 2021)

Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore contemplates and re-centres Singapore women in the overlapping discourses of family, home, ecology and nation. For the first time, this collection of ecofeminist essays focuses on the crafts, minds, bodies and subjectivities of a diverse group of women making kin with the human and non-human world as they navigate their lives.

book of the other, Truong Tran (Kaya Press, November 2021)
book of the other, Truong Tran (Kaya Press, November 2021)

Just as the denial of tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wang Ping at Macalester have made headlines for academic racism targeting Black professors and professors of color, Truong Tran’s book of the other is a timely commentary on the inequities built into the white establishment within academia and beyond.

Photographer Arseniy Kotov has a thing for “modernist” Soviet architecture and has made a career of documenting it via (this being now a decidedly post-Soviet world) Instagram, entries to which were gathered into a book Soviet Cities which has been followed by Soviet Seasons, a collection of photos divided into four quarters, nominally by time of year, but more specifically, perhaps, by region: winter in Siberia, the Caucasus in summer, Central Russia in the Spring and Ukraine in the Autumn.

From Rural China to the Ivy League: Reminiscences of Transformations in Modern Chinese History, Yü Ying-shih, Michael S Duke (trans), Josephine Chiu-Duke (trans) (Cambria Press, September 2021)
From Rural China to the Ivy League: Reminiscences of Transformations in Modern Chinese History, Yü Ying-shih, Michael S Duke (trans), Josephine Chiu-Duke (trans) (Cambria Press, September 2021)

This book is much more than the memoir of the scholar who has been hailed as the most important living Chinese historian of our times—it is also an invaluable record of a history of our times, witnessing the cultural, political, and social transformations of what Professor Yü Ying-shih notes as the period of the most violent turmoil and social upheaval in modern Chinese history.

The Dark Side of News Fixing: The Culture and Political Economy of Global Media in Pakistan and Afghanistan, by Syed Irfan Ashraf (Anthem, October 2021)
The Dark Side of News Fixing: The Culture and Political Economy of Global Media in Pakistan and Afghanistan, by Syed Irfan Ashraf (Anthem, October 2021)

This book provides a local journalist’s perspective on a four-decade long regional contribution to global news production. Fixers are local journalists hired to help global media outlets in developing news stories on wars. The book shows how the fixers’ risky news pursuits made possible for global media to access distant regions and dangerous caves on Pakistan and Afghanistan borders, causing unprecedented deaths of the local reporters in the context of the US-led war on terror.

Strategies of Authoritarian Survival and Dissensus in Southeast Asia: Weak Men Versus Strongmen, Sokphea Young (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2021)
Strategies of Authoritarian Survival and Dissensus in Southeast Asia: Weak Men Versus Strongmen, Sokphea Young (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2021)

This book analyses how authoritarian rulers of Southeast Asian countries maintain their durability in office, and, in this context, explains why some movements of civil society organizations succeed while others fail to achieve their demands.