Best Asian Literature in 2022

Discovering the Best Asian Literature

Whether you want to read a classic novel or delve into a contemporary piece of Asian literature, there are a number of resources available to you. Listed below are several important aspects of Asian Literature. These include: Romance, Sentimentality, Gender, and Postcolonial Asian literature. All of these elements are crucial to the understanding of these works. But which are the best? How can you discover the best Asian literature?

Postcolonial English-language Asian literature

The growing international visibility of postcolonial English-language Asian literature coincides with an increasing interest in the field's theory and criticism. Two prominent contributors to this growing body of literature are Vijay Mishra (Fiji) and Minoli Salgado (England). Both have devoted significant attention to postcolonial literature, with Mishra's work being heavily cited by scholars in many fields. Both have also received widespread acclaim and criticism internationally.

The term postcolonial has become a staple of literary criticism since the late 1980s, but it has not ceased to cause controversies. For example, almost every major book on postcolonial literature challenges its own logical framework. One classic critical anthology, past the last post, alludes to the postmodernist and poststructuralist movements. However, this ambiguity led scholars to start to question whether works written before the country's independence belonged under the term postcolonial. Furthermore, many scholars have begun to question the validity of colonialism.

In addition to being important works of postcolonial literature, the seminar also draws on an array of recent studies. Judith Butler, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Hisham Matar are among the prominent writers to have participated in it. The faculty also hosts a postcolonial English-language Asian literature international network that has produced several successful projects. The Planned Violence: Postcolonial Cities and Literature international network, which ran from 2014 to 2016, led by Professor Elleke Boehmer, is a hub of the Writers Make Worlds website, and the project Reads Black and Asian British writing today, is also part of the global postcolonial literary network. In addition, the faculty has hosted other research projects related to postcolonial English-language Asian literature.


While romance in Asian literature is a relatively new genre, the concept is not new. In the West, the romance genre was widely popular for decades. Publishers such as Penguin Books and Harlequin Historicals often chose Asian-centered stories. Unlike Asian-American novels, however, the romance genre is rarely written by women of color. According to a survey by Goodreads, there are 388 novels categorized as "Romance Books With Asian Love Interests" in 2010, and 165 books that feature Asian male protagonists.

Publishers often claim that Asian-based characters do not sell as well as white characters. Nonetheless, readers discuss Asian romance on message boards like All About Romance, where they have discussions about the rarity of Asian romantic heroes. Interestingly, two of the three bestselling Asian romance books on Amazon are based on white characters. As a result, the authors of Asian-based romances may have to adjust their approach to write a story with a predominantly white protagonist.

Amy Tan paved the way for multicultural romances set in Asia, and Jade Lee, an award-winning author of romances set in the Qin Dynasty, continued the trend in 2009 with The Concubine, a historical novel set in the Qin Dynasty. Her books also won several awards for their depictions of Asian American heroes. Jade Lee also won the RITA and the Romantic Times BOOKclub Kiss awards for her work under the name Jade Liu.


To better understand how emotion is embodied and expressed in Asian literature, it is helpful to explore the nature of repetition as a style in the literature of East Asia. Studies of the self-referentiality of East Asian literature have alternately emphasized the coherency of the genre while stressing its ambiguity. The purpose of this course is to translate the consistency associated with East Asian literature into a quantitative register, and to provide an alternate framework to explore the gap between generic coherency and generic ambiguity.

Despite its importance to the study of modern American literature, sentimentality in Asian literature has been largely neglected. The volume presents a diverse range of critical essays, ranging from feminist criticism to sociocultural studies. The contributors to this volume provide a synthesis of the scholarship on sentimentality and make it more accessible by integrating diverse disciplines into the study of sentimentality. It offers a rich and varied perspective on the literary genre that is influenced by Asia and the Pacific.

As a result, 'Apocalypse Now' is a good example of how sentimentality can affect our lives. While 'Apocalypse Now' portrays Vietnamese soldiers in an unfairly dehumanizing light, it also promotes anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. As a result, Vietnamese women are viewed as an exotic oriental body, which further fuels racism. Through Nguyen's critique of this stereotype, the reader is left feeling angry and hurt.


While many of the Asian literary genres and genre studies have traditionally focused on Western culture, East Asian literature has been particularly interdisciplinary. A Ph.D. in Asian literature emphasizes the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, as well as the representation of gender and sexuality in East Asian literature. Students will gain an understanding of gender in Asian cultures from pre-modern through contemporary times. Despite their differences, however, they share a common focus on the representation of gender in East Asian literature.

For example, the author of the "Hands" short story, Xiao Hong, was a May Fourth-inspired writer who spent most of her life in exile during the Japanese occupation. In her short story, "Hands," Xiao Hong explores the life of a foreigner in Harbin, China. This short story shows the school principal's attitudes toward foreigners and the majority female students' attitude toward Yaming, a girl who quits school to escape poverty. Her story is a classic example of how gender is portrayed in Asian literature.

The author's images of women in the fiction also function as a construct of his subjectivity. In "Harbin," for example, the "modern girl" is a character inspired by the new sensationist writings of Shanghai. In the novel "The Devil," the protagonist is a symbol of marginalized colonial subjects. Jue Qing's story, "The Devil," is another example of a female protagonist that represents the repression of colonial benefits after the Pacific War.


The study of race and ethnicity in Asian American literature has shifted over the past few decades. While Asian American literature is still relatively small, recent growth and social upheavals have galvanized the field. This growth in Asian American literature has inspired scholars to explore this issue across genres, disciplines, and geographies. Among these areas, Huang focuses on the overlap between ethnic American literature and Asian American literature, as well as genetic theory and critical race and ethnic studies.

In this interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, Ang explores the significance of mixed race and multiracial identity in Asian American fiction. The study highlights how racial and ethnic stereotypes anchor powerful narratives of race and national identity in Asian American literature. Through this study, Ang reveals how the United States and Malaysia are similar in their conception of race and ethnicity. She concludes by suggesting that racial stereotypes can inform the way that Asian American literature approaches the subject.

Although Asia and European countries often hold a high regard for race, Asian societies also have complex histories of colonialism and racism. A critical look at these histories and the experiences of mixed race individuals in Asian societies illuminates the urgent need for new scholarship on these issues. With this book, Asian Studies will continue to gain new insights from the mixed-race literature of the past. If you're interested in learning about this topic, this book is essential reading.


The field of Asian Literature and Identity focuses on the literature of Asia, which includes China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Palestine. Several new theoretical approaches to identity are applied to the literatures of these regions, which indicate a transition from tradition to modernity. The Asian literatures that are the subject of analysis are diverse and include works by contemporary writers, as well as those written by centuries-old traditions. The study of these literatures also involves the analysis of historical events, including the Chinese cultural revolution.

This IACS special issue explores the relationship between identity and literature from Asia, including China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palestine, and the Philippines. The essays in this volume are based on new theoretical approaches to Asian literatures and identify with the current transition from tradition to modernity. Some of the chapters address the role of literature in the formation of identity, as well as the politics that surround it. The book is well-composed and well-written, with a wealth of resources and useful archival information.

In "Sour Heart," the author makes satire of Hollywood stereotypes and a commentary on the caricature of Asian-Americans. The film's creator, who worked as a corporate lawyer and wrote for "Westworld," takes a critical stance on Hollywood's racism. Hong uses a series of coming-of-age stories told by nameless, poor Chinese immigrants set mostly in New York. The filmmaker has a personal perspective on the immigrant experience and is a good choice for an Asian Literature and Identity study.

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