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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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – May Cho, Malaysian Brunei-Based Booktuber, On Why Representation Matters to Her

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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’.)

One of the understated effects of representation that most marginalised readers will know is that seeing yourself on the page can create an unexpected domino effect: when you finally find a book that’s a mirror into your identity and your experiences, it creates an insatiable hunger to find even more mirrors. Several of the guests in our Asian Heritage Month guest feature series have spoken about what it means to reflect on the lack of Asian characters in literature — but what if the idea of having an Asian character never even crossed your mind? Read More »

BLOG TOUR: The Weight Of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf – A Malay Teen Searches For Her Mother During the Malaysian 1969 Riots (Book Review & Author Interview)

White block reads 'The Weight of Our Sky, Hanna Alkaf, South-east Asian Blog Tour. January 28th - February 8th 2019. On the right is an image of a Malay female teen wearing a blue pinafore over a white tshirt on a moped, driven by a Chinese male teen wearing a white shirt and black slacks, with fire and smoke in the background.

“Friend, friend, friend!”

Xiaolong scurries to you, a bounce in her step and a big smile on her face. “I have some wonderful plans for your visit today!”

You crouch down so you can see her better, and ask her about her plans.

Xiaolong the pink axolotl, wearing an upside down flower hat, holding a staff and gesturing to a floating book, The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf.

“Okay, first!” She raises her staff, magicks a book from midair, and gestures to the book. “This book! It only just released, friend! And it’s such a good book. I couldn’t put it down! I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading, and then, when I finished it, Gen told me that it was time for dinner.” She shakes her head. “I also learned a lot, friend. I had no idea about the historical events that this book talks about, and I… I learned a lot. And I think it’s really important that I tell you about this book.”

Once you find a comfier spot by the Pond, you settle down and ask Xiaolong about this important book.

“So,” she says, holding the cover out for you to see. “This book is called The Weight of Our Sky…

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