Since I have relocated to Singapore, I have been reading more books based in East and Southeast Asia. When I was living in India, I couldn’t differentiate between different nationalities, say an Indonesian and a Korean. But now I think I have a wider if not complete knowledge of these countries, mostly because I feel blessed to live in a place where I can experience, even from a distance, a wide variety of cultures and traditions, either via traveling or through a book. And trust me, it’s fascinating.
I’m surprised by the lack of reviews based in these countries around the blogspere (except maybe Vietnam and China). So one of my bookish goals in 2011 is to read more books that take place in these countries. I’m almost making it a challenge for myself. East and Southeast Asian countries include: Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
See? These are a lot of countries right? If you are similarly inclined and want to broaden your reading horizon, join me in this Challenge. I’ll make it a proper challenge if anyone wants to join me (even if it just one person). Let me know in the comments.