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    From the AJL Bookshelf: Indian Jews – An Annotated Bibliography 1665 – 2005

    by  • 19/03/2014 • Books, Communities, Education • 0 Comments

    We are beginning to finalize our second India Issue of Asian Jewish Life and perfectly timed, we have just received a copy of Indian Jews – An Annotated Bibliography 1665 – 2005 (Manohar, 2013) by Nathan Katz. Katz is a professor of religious studies at Florida International University, where he founded and directs its Program in the Study of Spirituality. He is also a pioneer in the field of Indo-Judaic studies as well as the author and editor of countless books and articles on the subject.

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    Indian Jews – An Annotated Bibliography 1665 – 2005 is the product of three decades of research. It is organized by community and includes sections on: Cochin Jews, Bene Israel, Mughal Jews, Baghdadi (and Sephardi Jews), Ashkenazim in India, and Tribal Jews. Each section is further divided into resource type (my personal favorite being memoir). 

    It has quickly become an indispensible resource in our own collection. This book is highly recommended for scholars, students and general readers looking for a comprehensive guide. 

    Copies are available for purchase on both Amazon and Book Depository

    Author Morris Gleitzman to Visit Hong Kong

    by  • 05/03/2014 • Art & Culture, Books, Education, Events, Holocaust • 0 Comments

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    A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing bestselling Australian  author Morris Gleitzman. While he is well known for his humourous children's books, it was the book Once that got my attention. Once is the incredibly moving fictional journey of a boy, named Felix, during the Holocaust. Once was followed by Then, Now and After

    I confess to not having read After yet but I highly recomend the series (and After is top on my reading list).  Morris G_Once

     If you are in Hong Kong, Gleitzman is leading a number of interactive sessions for children as part of the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2014

    His books are yet another great way for Hong Kong students to be exposed to the lessons learned from the Holocaust.

    As for his festival appearance, on March 16- 17, it is a wonderful opportunity for students to be inspired and to learn to draw on their own personal experiences to begin writing. 

    (Photos courtesy of the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival)



    Susan Blumberg-Kason’s forthcoming memoir: Good Chinese Wife

    by  • 30/10/2013 • AJL News, Art & Culture, Books • 1 Comment

    We can hardly contain our excitement. It is really official now. AJL’s Books Editor Susan Blumberg-Kason will need to have her own memoir Good Chinese Wife- A Cross Cultural Memoir (Sourcebooks, July 2014) reviewed in Asian Jewish Life. Her memoir is now available for pre-order on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Chinese-Wife-Cross-Cultural-Memoir/dp/1402293348). We only wish that we had a cover image to tease you with…

    This memoir traces the five years she spent trying to assimilate into a Chinese family, after jumping quickly into marriage (after only six months) with a Chinese man. But over time, she comes to revaluate what she thought it meant to be a wife, have a family, and raise a child —even if it entailed her leaving her Chinese family and moving in with her parents as a single mother at the age of 29.


    You can follow Susan on her blog at http://www.susanbkason.com.

    At AJL, we are obviously huge fans and promise that you will soon be too!