24 July 2016

Don Quixote in the Middle Kingdom

by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

In the second part of Don Quixote, before the Prologue to the Reader, there is a dedication “To the Count of Lemos, Don Pedro Fernández de Castro, who was Cervantes’s patron. In this dedication, Cervantes complains about another Don Quixote, a false Quixote, whose practices greatly annoy him. What Cervantes refers to is the publication of a forged second part of Don Quixote in 1614 by an author whose true identity still remains unknown today, who capitalized on the fame and popularity of the first part of Cervantes’s original book, published nine years earlier in 1605. [more...]


22 July 2016

The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia by Kurt Campbell

reviewed by Francis P Sempa

A frequent reader of the American foreign policy journal Foreign Affairs will feel right at home reading Kurt Campbell’s The Pivot. The author was the Obama administration’s principal architect of the US pivot or “rebalance” to Asia, and beyond the abundance of conventional wisdom, offers some important insights into the emergence of what many are calling the “Asian Century”. [more...]


18 July 2016

Selections from Quixotica: Poems East of La Mancha

From the preface:

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, we asked contemporary poets to interpret the themes of Cervantes’s classic Don Quixote for Hong Kong and East Asia, in particular the tension between pragmatism and vision, the “real world” and dreams or, in the words of scholar Ilan Stavans, “between hope and fatalism, ... idealism and materialism”, and to explore what this says about the nature of humanity and success.

We hope we have succeeded in having exposed a new generation of poets to a work that many have called the first “modern” novel, and that they and their readers find, in the word of Harold Bloom,

 

There are parts of yourself you will not know fully until you know, as well as you can, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. [more...]


24 July 2016

Don Quixote in the Middle Kingdom

by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

In the second part of Don Quixote, before the Prologue to the Reader, there is a dedication “To the Count of Lemos, Don Pedro Fernández de Castro, who was Cervantes’s patron. In this dedication, Cervantes complains about another Don Quixote, a false Quixote, whose practices greatly annoy him. What Cervantes refers to is the publication of a forged second part of Don Quixote in 1614 by an author whose true identity still remains unknown today, who capitalized on the fame and popularity of the first part of Cervantes’s original book, published nine years earlier in 1605. [more...]


22 July 2016

The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia by Kurt Campbell

reviewed by Francis P Sempa

A frequent reader of the American foreign policy journal Foreign Affairs will feel right at home reading Kurt Campbell’s The Pivot. The author was the Obama administration’s principal architect of the US pivot or “rebalance” to Asia, and beyond the abundance of conventional wisdom, offers some important insights into the emergence of what many are calling the “Asian Century”. [more...]


18 July 2016

Selections from Quixotica: Poems East of La Mancha

From the preface:

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, we asked contemporary poets to interpret the themes of Cervantes’s classic Don Quixote for Hong Kong and East Asia, in particular the tension between pragmatism and vision, the “real world” and dreams or, in the words of scholar Ilan Stavans, “between hope and fatalism, ... idealism and materialism”, and to explore what this says about the nature of humanity and success.

We hope we have succeeded in having exposed a new generation of poets to a work that many have called the first “modern” novel, and that they and their readers find, in the word of Harold Bloom,

 

There are parts of yourself you will not know fully until you know, as well as you can, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. [more...]