ASIA'S PLACE IN ENGLISH LITERATURE: Stories set in Asia take a curiously big share of top literary prizes. Why? Asia haunts the European imagination, claims David Mitchell, a regular short-listee for the Man Booker Prize. Also in this issue: essays from Paul Vincent and Paul French; new writing from Roseanne Thong, Wes Stevens, Pico Iyer, Joshua Samuel Brown, Peter Wollman, Aditi Malik, Laura Ros, Orman Day; and poetry from Ha Kiet Chau, Alfred A. Yuson, Gilbert Koh, Kate Rodgers, Dipka Mukerjee, Jennifer Wong. DIMSUM, a thrice-yearly publication of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, celebrates new writing with an Asian flavour.