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Asymptote (journal)

Asymptote is a Taiwan-based online literary magazine dedicated to translations of world literature, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, mostly to English, but also to other languages.[1] Reviews, interviews, blogs, visual arts and audiovisual materials are also found on the website. The magazine was established in 2011 by the Taipei-based Singaporean writer Lee Yew Leong, who is the editor-in-chief.[2] Lee said in 2011, "We operate differently from other translation journals in that we don't just sit back and wait for translations to come to us. We actually identify the good work from writers [that haven't yet been introduced to the English-speaking world] and actively seek out translators to help to translate the work for us."[3]

Type of site
Online literary magazine
Available in English
Created by Lee Yew Leong
Editor Lee Yew Leong
Launched 2011; 7 years ago (2011)


In 2015, the magazine received the International Literary Translation Initiative Award, one of a dozen awards given yearly by the London Book Fair.[4]


  1. ^ "Asymptote". Poets and Writers. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lee Yew Leong on Asymptote". Poetry Society of America.
  3. ^ Habash, Gabe (September 29, 2011). "Young Journal 'Asymptote' Takes Literature All Over the World". Publisher Weekly.
  4. ^ "LBF International Excellence Awards 2015: Winners Announced". London Book Fair. 21 April 2015.

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