Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Ikram, Book Blogger at Readlogy, On Her Experiences of Being a South-East Asian Reader

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month edition. a discussion with Ikram, book blogger at readlogy, experiences of being a south-east asian reader. illustration is of xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms out wide as if she is showing off something, with ikram as a cendrawasih bird (a yellow and orange bird with long feathers) wearing a blue hijab.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

Something that I have reflected on a lot in the last few years has been the differential privileges of being a bookish content creator living in either the US, UK, or Australia and those who live outside these countries. In the last few years, book bloggers who live outside the US, UK, and Australia – which I’ll henceforth collectively call ‘international book bloggers’ – have been outspoken about the obstacles and challenges that they face.
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