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Filip Noubel · February, 2020

As the managing editor for Global Voices, I explore new ways, formats and technologies to tell stories in order to make sure we can link them to our multiple audiences. I first started in GV in 2015 as a writer and translator.
Today I describe myself as a cultural nomad, language addict, literary translator and booktivist. I call all those places home, as I have reshaped my identities, and found love, friendship, inspiration, books, stories to share and my four cats in Athens, Beijing, Bishkek, Clogher Beach (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh), Istanbul, Kathmandu, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Vilnius.
I also work as an Editor at Large for Central Asia at Asymptote Journal and have run two cafés in Beijing and Prague.

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Latest posts by Filip Noubel from February, 2020

28 February 2020

A renaissance is underway for Mongolia's literature lovers

Mongolia's long and bitterly cold winters provide ample time for reading. Luckily, the country's publishing market is booming — popular histories and translated fiction are the most sought after.

26 February 2020

Literature as a gateway for exploring Indian-Nepali hybridity: Interview with author Prajwal Parajuly

"The book being read by the very people it was about, in the very language the characters speak in? Heart-warming. The book has reached the most remote corners of Nepal."

25 February 2020

Can the anti-infiltration law successfully block pro-Beijing media in Taiwan?

Pro-Beijing media outlet announced it would leave the Taiwanese market in protest over the anti-infiltration law in Taiwan.

24 February 2020

Political beliefs divide generations and strain family ties in Taiwan

While the outcome of the Taiwan 2020 presidential election is settled, generational conflicts continue.

21 February 2020

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

18 February 2020

Life on the margins: The Lyuli people of Uzbekistan

Aleksandr Barkovsky, a photographer who has worked with the community, says that ordinary Uzbeks still know little to nothing about their Lyuli neighbours.

17 February 2020

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

RuNet Echo

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

14 February 2020

Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'?

"It is a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe."

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

11 February 2020

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

RuNet Echo

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

Public outcry over Wuhan coronavirus leads to blame game in China

Despite Beijing's claims, the central government bears significant responsibility for the mismanagement of crucial information in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

7 February 2020

The battle of numbers in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Several medical and academic institutions have run models on the Wuhan coronavirus, and all conclude the real figures - of infected and killed victims - are much higher than the...

5 February 2020

‘Françafrique': A term for a contested reality in Franco-African relations

Like many colonial and post-colonial constructs, "Françafrique" remained mostly unchallenged for decades, but developments such as a new West African currency have reinvigorated debate in both France and Africa.

4 February 2020

A Mexican engraver revives a mostly-forgotten Russian printmaking tradition

Interview with Alejandro Barreto, the engraver who makes unique Mexican lubki.

Nationalist, socialist, and now feminist: The many facets of Czech author Božena Němcová

February 4 marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. Over the past two centuries, Němcová has been remembered for different aspects of her life and work, usually picked to fit...