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The Japan Times reviews 'Forty-Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 18, 2019

"Hiroaki Sato weaves a rich portrait of a paradoxical society governed by value systems vastly different to our own." Read More

'China Smart' reviewed by The Midwest Book Review

Michael Palmer - Thursday, October 17, 2019

In nearly 60 brief essays, long-time China expert Larry Herzberg tackles important facts and myths about China, its history, people, and culture, as well as its contemporary society. 
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HuffPost includes Understanding China Through Comics series in foreign policy education list

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

Jing Liu's Understanding China Through Comics series has made HuffPost's "5 Graphic Novels That Could Teach Indian Politicians Something About Foreign Policy" list!  Read More

Stone Bridge Cafe: What Was Lost at Dan no Ura

Thomas Joel - Thursday, May 03, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post.
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The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More

SBP author Kittredge Cherry on Christianity in Contemporary Japan

Thomas Joel - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is it difficult to be a Japanese Christian in 2018? In this Metropolis Magazine article, scholar, Japanologist, and Stone Bridge Press author Kittredge Cherry discusses the often complex reality of being a Christian in Japan. Read More

The International Examiner reviews 'The Little Exile' by Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 12, 2018

The International Examiner just penned an insightful review of Jeanette Arakawa's WWII Japanese internment memoir The Little Exile, calling it "an evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." Much appreciated!  Read More

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The dog: loyal, clever, bursting with joy, ever loving and unfailingly gracious—man’s perennial best friend. All of which, with the Year of the Dog officially kicking off on Friday, is naturally copacetic with us. But, in the context of Chinese culture, what is the Year of the Dog all about? And what does it signify?  Read More

Coming of Age Day: A Japanese Celebration of Adulthood

Thomas Joel - Monday, January 08, 2018

In the United States and most other countries around the world, young men and women are legally recognized as adults at the age of 18. However, in a handful of nations this milestone is not acknowledged until later in life. One of those countries is Japan, where the age of majority is attained on a person’s 20th birthday.  Read More

Stone Bridge Cafe: "Sugihara"

Thomas Joel - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post.  Read More

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