Exploring Asian Voices 2

Author: Barbara Stanners, Publisher: Phoenix

Study of Asian literature and rhetoric poetry, especially those of the twentieth century, can sharpen insight and consideration about unfamiliar traditions and values that are found in other cultures. Many of the texts found in Exploring Asian Voices 2 relate to significant watershed historical periods such as the collapse of the British Empire, the launching of the Atomic Age with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Vietnam War. The world has been reshaped by such events and it is important for students to explore the ramifications of such experiences from non-Western testimonial experience and perspectives.

Often a bitter tone of disillusionment or an advocacy for social, economic and political progress is evident in Asian poetry, speeches, prose or memoirs. This is particularly evident in for those in countries where human rights and freedoms have been brutally abused. Military conflict has also resulted in a century of unprecedented mass migration and Asian composers often highlight the difficulties faced by those fleeing their countries and trying to re-forge a new home, life and identity in a foreign country. The problems of acculturation are often highlighted, with texts showing the problems linked to the experience of diaspora. Such texts can increase cultural sensitivity and enhance the ability of students to read across cultural boundaries.

Also available from our website, Exploring Asian Voices (ISBN: 9781921586705).


Exploring Asian Texts

Rhetorical Form and Techniques

  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Nga Nguyen


  • Indian Poetry
  • Chinese Poetry
  • Vietnamese Poetry and the Vietnamese War


  • Hisaye Yamamoto
  • Jhumpa Lahiri


  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon


  • Mao’s Last Dancer
  • The Happiest Refugee, Anh Do
  • Hiroshima, John Richard Hersey

Photographic art

  • The Napalm Girl, Kim Phuc

Responding and composing

Reading non-fiction texts

Poetry Analysis

More Information
Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2016
ISBN 9781921586750
Subject English
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