ReadNUS Issue 39

NOV 2021 | ISSUE 39
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Asia is a riot of sights, scents and colours, and there is no period where this is more apparent than during festivities! Curious to learn more about the ancient traditions and cultural practices associated with the unique festivals held in Asia? Look no further! We have curated a collection of writing about some of the most fascinating cultural festivals in Asia. Scroll through the newsletter to read about them now!

  • Read 4 riveting texts about cultural Festivals in Asia
  • In our Literary Journal, Elizabeth, the deputy director of ReadNUS discusses her love of the enigmatic novel, No Longer Human by Osamu.
  • Yuki analyses the controversial novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, and highlights some criticisms levelled at it after its release.

This Week’s Reads:
Festivals in Asia

Clicking on the title or book image will link you to the full text.

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On the day before the New Year’s Day of Silence, in a ritual known as Ngerupuk, local Hindus march around their villages with bamboo torches in their hands.

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Within India it is the ritual of Holika Dahan, held a day before the proper Holi, that carries more religious importance and social symbolism.

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Qingming is an important traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th day after the spring equinox. It is also a time to celebrate spring.

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Like other festivals honouring Lord Murugan, Thaipusam is celebrated not only in India and Sri Lanka but also in the Hindu diaspora.
Literary Journal
We publish original articles written by our team that cover a range of topics from the trendiest authors to books, reading news and more! Simply put, Lirra’s Literary Journal is your go-to publication for all things reading.

Ancient Stories Retold

No Longer Human, A Japanese Literary classic – Our Deputy Director, Elizabeth, writes about the second bestselling novel of all time in Japan, No Longer Human.

As ReadNUS delves into the theme of cultural appreciation this month, this rare gem is an excellent starting point for delving into translated literature. If you enjoy dark humour, sharp observations and contemplations about human existence, Elizabeth encourages you to pick up this masterpiece (after reading her review, of course).

To read more, head over to our website now!

Ancient Stories Retold

Memoirs of a Geisha – Yuki explores the controversies behind this much debated novel.

In this scathing review, Yuki criticises author’s breach of confidentiality and misrepresentation of geisha culture. Click on the link in our bio to read the full article.

To read more, head over to our website now!


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