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Editor's Note

Editor's Note Young Man with an Image of Shiva, Kathmandu, Nepal , 1980 Linda S. Connor EditorÕs Note Twice a year, M Š n o aÕs editors gather signiÞcant new writing from through- out Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, and focus on a particular country in the region. Guest-edited by Samrat Upadhyay and Manjushree Thapa, Secret Places features new prose and poetry from Nepal, a Hindu kingdom rich in cultural and topographic beauty but faced with especially difÞcult social, economic, and political challenges. Situated between the two most populous countries in the world and possessing formidable natural bor- d e r sÑthe towering Himalayan range to the north and the tropical low- lands of the Tarai to the southÑNepal was geographically and politically isolated from much of the world until 19 5 1 . A democratic revolution top- pled the hereditary dictatorship, and the nation has since opened its bor- ders to outsiders. Even so, access remains difÞcult and Nepal continues to be sequestered. As we were preparing this volume, Nepal was thrust suddenly into the international headlines. Tragically, on 1J u n e2 0 0 1 , nearly the entire royal familyÑKing Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Queen Aiswary, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-943x

Abstract

Young Man with an Image of Shiva, Kathmandu, Nepal , 1980 Linda S. Connor EditorÕs Note Twice a year, M Š n o aÕs editors gather signiÞcant new writing from through- out Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, and focus on a particular country in the region. Guest-edited by Samrat Upadhyay and Manjushree Thapa, Secret Places features new prose and poetry from Nepal, a Hindu kingdom rich in cultural and topographic beauty but faced with especially difÞcult social, economic, and political challenges. Situated between the two most populous countries in the world and possessing formidable natural bor- d e r sÑthe towering Himalayan range to the north and the tropical low- lands of the Tarai to the southÑNepal was geographically and politically isolated from much of the world until 19 5 1 . A democratic revolution top- pled the hereditary dictatorship, and the nation has since opened its bor- ders to outsiders. Even so, access remains difÞcult and Nepal continues to be sequestered. As we were preparing this volume, Nepal was thrust suddenly into the international headlines. Tragically, on 1J u n e2 0 0 1 , nearly the entire royal familyÑKing Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Queen Aiswary, and

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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