Another Kind of Paradise

Trevor Carolan

Well-crafted stories can provide a glimpse into the lives of characters who are relevant to all times—whether they hail from sweltering Rangoon, uber-urban Tokyo, or the provinces of South Korea.

Another Kind of Paradise presents 21 contemporary short stories that delve into the contending passions, beauties, and contradictions of contemporary life throughout the East and Southeast Asian region—now more commonly known as the Asia-Pacific. This wide-ranging anthology of fiction in English features writers at the top of their craft in Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and all over the continent. As front-line witnesses, these writers document deep social, political, and economic changes in the region through their stories. The result is compelling reading ideal for Asian literature and Asian studies courses or for anyone interested in world literature, Asian society amid the currents of globalization, or the latest voices from the Asia-Pacific world. The anthology includes notes on each author's works and life, as well as an insightful overview of the field by the editor and a foreword by the editors of Manoa Journal.

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Trevor Carolan's latest anthology of short stories from the new Asia-Pacific is a rich, surprise-filled, literary gift. These stories and their well-crafted translations provide insightful, searing images of everyday life...Another Kind of Paradise lives up to Carolan's introductory description of the book as 'human stories we can give a damn about.' These stories help shine a light on worlds in transition, on worlds we share. It's an important book.

— Joseph Blake, Pacific Rim Review of Books

[A] wonderfully rich collection of some of the best contemporary fiction from East and Southeast Asia. These stories give students a direct window onto the wildly diverse cultural assumptions and influences at play in Asian societies today.

— Dr. Paul Ropp, Klein Professor of History and Asian Studies, Clark University

What is most exciting is that these stories are told from a perspective that privileges the characters who inhabit the worlds of the stories themselves, characters who have been traditionally marginalized and erased in the Western view of Asia or the Pacific as a 'paradise.'

— Dr. Micheline Soong, Hawaii Pacific University