Transpacific Literary Project’s monthly column collects essays, translations, and hybrid works that grapple with language, culture, and translation from Asia.

A Filipino and a Chinese girl, both comfort women, find friendship in a piece of critical fabulation

How learning a third language became a place of reconciliation for my mother tongues.

Imagining the future through words and through kin

etc.books founder Akiko Matsuo on building a space for feminism and solidarity in Tokyo

A Truku writer on his relationship with his tribe’s traditional craft

A familial haunting returns a Palestinian writer to Arabic.

On translators’ labor and invisibility

Mit Jai Inn’s sculptural paintings thrive in abstractions and calculated ambiguity

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