- Over 80% of this months contributors are new to Eastlit.
- Over 50% of this months contributors are women.
- For the first time we have several Malaysia focused pieces in the same issue.
- It is the last issue before we start the regular Southlit insert covering South Asia.
So this issue is both a start and an end.
With the integration of South Asia through the Southlit inserts we hope to build a complimentary set of offerings for our readers. We also hope to see this as a further step forward in the development of Eastlit. After all it is better to remain dynamic and try new things rather than remain unchanging, static and probably become increasingly irrelevant. And at this stage with so many writers already having entrusted us with publishing their work, we owe it to them to continue to keep Eastlit moving forward.
It is especially nice to see a less male issue, and hopefully this trend will continue into the future. Having seen the rise of Filipino writers and the readership in the Philippines followed by the same in Vietnam, it is now also nice to notice a similar trend from Malaysia. It was always a major part of the Eastlit goal to offer increased opportunity to local writers from East or Southeast Asia and to give them increased exposure over time. That we have been able to do this is pleasing. Having said that there are still many miles to walk to further improve on what we as a journal can do in this respect. That aim will remain central at Eastlit.
Having said all of that, I hope you enjoy the current issue. I also wish all our Eastlit readers and contributors a Happy New Year and hope that you find what you seek in 2015.