Additional Asian literature and academic links

In the past week, I’ve found many other additions for my various link lists:

Occidental writers in Asia

Joan Grigsby (1891-1937) Part Two: an occidental poet in Korea revealed through Brother Anthony’s extensive web resources.

Becoming Wu De: A Conversation with the founder of Global Tea Hut: interview relating the background of author Aaron Fisher, who lives in Taiwan and has written several books on tea and spirituality.

American poetry

Suji Kwock Kim: a contemporary Korean-American poet.

Burmese literature

Win Pe Mya Zin: contemporary Burmese writer’s Facebook page; will need a Facebook account to read his poetry.

Sadaik: blog about literature of Myanmar and its translation by author Lucas Stewart.

Modern Burmese Literature: article in The Atlantic by U On Pe relating information about Burmese literature from ancient times up to the present.

Burma (Myanmar): from Poetry International Rotterdam. Contemporary Burmese poets, poetry and articles about Burmese literature.

Japanese literature

Gendai Haiku: site about contemporary Japanese haiku poets and poetry.

Korean literature and academic resources

Japanese Poetry Persists in Korea, Despite Disapproval: article in The New York Times about Koreans interested in haiku poetry since the time of Japanese colonial rule; aesthetic differences between Korean and Japanese haiku also mentioned.

The Sejong Cultural Society writing page: Korean short stories and sijo poetry; encourages young American writers to explore Korean culture.

LTI Korea: Literature Translation Institute of Korea; has e-zines available for download, as well as resources about currently published Korean books and translation grants.

The Daesan Foundation: provides grants for those researching and translating Korean literature.

Doosan Yonkang Foundation: provides scholarships and research funds for Korean literature scholars.

The Academy of Korean Studies: research institute aimed at promoting Korean culture and literature overseas; includes the Jangseogak Archives, containing records and books pertaining to Korean history.


“scruffy sparrows” from Favor of Crows

scruffy sparrows
chatter outside the bakery
raisin scones

Gerald Vizenor, Favor of Crows

Common and perhaps worse-for-wear birds center an outdoor scene. The rumpled sparrows contrast with the sleeker concept of a baker’s shop, while their chatter invites personification. Then, the viewer’s gaze falls on something heartening, perhaps on the other side of the bakery window in a more exclusive space, where all is cozy. Does the chatter of the sparrow center around the scones, maybe a favorite treat of theirs, since they have gathered here before?

By mentioning the human-like “chatter” of the sparrows, the speaker invites the viewer to regard the world through their eyes as, just for a moment, the speaker, and reader, both gaze on the inviting scones.

The briefly-sketched scene evokes empathy in a shared desire for comfort and warmth between human and animals, and tenderness in its charm, while also keeping the desired object at a distance. Will the sparrows have a chance to taste the scones? Will a human hand offer them a bite, or will someone leave a few crumbs behind in a discarded wrapper?