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We are very pleased to announce the launch of 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, a section of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal devoted to compact reviews of books and films (300-800 words; negotiable) that may also offer personal reflections. We welcome first impressions on any books and films, old or newly released, with an Asian angle. We haven’t published many film reviews and we particularly hope that can be rectified. Please write to Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to contribute a piece.
Our 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 entry is by Susan Blumberg-Kason, who writes about Dorothy Tse’s 𝑂𝑤𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2023), translated from the Chinese into English by Natascha Bruce.
Susan: “I’ve always sensed that Hong Kong has a unique way of combining the old and new in ways few cities can pull off. When I walk through parts of Kowloon or the New Territories, I can still find many of the same buildings and shops I knew from decades earlier.”
Read the piece HERE.