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31 Aug 2021

Asian Literature Project YOMU launched

In the time of COVID-19 pandemic, when the world and our daily lives have drastically changed, what are the thoughts of Asian authors and what are they writing about? The Asian Literature Project "YOMU" (meaning "read") launched by the Asia Center Japan Foundation is now underway, spinning the stories of daily lives of people in Asia — their joys, hardships and resilience — through the eyes of authors in respective countries.

In collaboration with emerging writers in Southeast Asia and India, the project will post their new literary works in English, Japanese and local languages of their own. How has the act of reading itself changed as the ways people connect with each other become more varied, for instance with the increasing use of social media? The project will also feature stories and reports which illustrate diversity and vigor of reading culture in each country that richly reflects the present state of its society and culture.

Enjoy exploring the current Asia through reading!

*Contents of the project will be released starting in the fall 2021.

The Asia Center aims to connect people and expand networks in Asia through promoting bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields ranging from arts, film / moving images, music and dance, performing arts, sports, intellectual and people-to-people exchanges.