Global Oriental occupies a unique position as the only UK publisher dedicated to the study of the regions of East Asia and Central Asia. The Global Oriental imprint was originally established in 1996 with publication of The Silver Drum, the memoir of Japanese Princess Chichibu, wife of Emperor Hirohito's brother, which attracted international acclaim, and subsequently a discrete list of Japan-related titles evolved, including the ‘Rediscovering’ series. In 2003, a new company was formed around the existing imprint and book list, committed to a major publishing programme focused on Japanese, and more broadly Asian Studies, especially Korean, Chinese and Inner Asian Studies. This propelled Global Oriental to the forefront of independent academic publishing in these areas, and is increasingly recognized for the depth and quality of its list, which today totals some 200 titles. You can view Global Oriental's titles in our catalog search.
Paul Norbury has Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
Own very own Paul Norbury will awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for his contribution to the development of Japanese Studies at a ceremony at the Japan Embassy in London.
Global Oriental’s Omi Hatashin was interviewed by Mike Lanchin of the BBC World Service about Mr Hatashin’s uncle, Lance Corporal Shoichi Yokoi, and the subject of his book, Private Yokoi’s War and Life on Guam, 1944-1972. Forty years ago, Yokoi was discovered in the jungles of Guam, who had been in hiding for decades after the end of WWII.
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death on 25 January of Ravil Bukharaev – author of Global Oriental’s The Story of Joseph (2010) and Tatarstan: A ‘Can-Do’ Culture (2007). Recognised and acclaimed as a literary giant (especially for his poetry) in his native Tatarstan, Ravil will be honoured with a state funeral in the capital, Kazan, on 3 February. Author of more than thirty books, Ravil lived in London with his wife Lydia and worked for the BBC World Service (Russian service) for fifteen years, taking early retirement in 2009. He quickly immersed himself in a wide variety of literary interests and became a UNESCO ambassador promoting inter-cultural understanding. He was a remarkable man and a great spirit that touched many lives. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Lydia, who is also a distinguished artist and writer.
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