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The Mekong

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Essential Reading Package-EXSEA345

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The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

SEA33
Edward Gargan
Vintage Books
2003
352
0375705597
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
$16.95

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

SEA28
Milton Osborne
Grove Press
2001
320
0802138020
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.
$16.00

South of the Clouds, Tales from Yunnan

CHN45
Lucien Miller
University of Washington Press
1997
342
029597348X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Featuring memorable tales from throughout the Yunnan Province, this book showcases 54 wonderfully insightful and entertaining stories.
$33.00

Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

SEA52
Footprint Guides
Footprint Handbooks
2015
576
1910120332
PAPER
Guidebook
7/22/2016
0
0
0
0
With practical information on attractions, transportation, food, activities and lodgings. Includes Bangkok.
$25.99

China South Map

CHN27
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2013
2
3865740189
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed travel map of Southern China, from Taiwan to Hong Kong and the Yunnan Province, at a 1:1,500,000 scale.
$13.95

Laos and The Mekong River Map

SEA92
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2013
1
9622178405
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This large-format map, printed on glossy paper, depicts all of Laos (1:470,000) on one side and the entire length of the Mekong River (1:3,150,000) on the other.
$15.00

A History of Cambodia

CBD27
David Chandler
Perseus
2007
312
0813343631
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997.
$45.00

Blooming in the Desert, Favorite Teachings of the Wildflower Monk Taungpulu Sayadaw

BMA35
Anne Teich (Editor), Andrew Harvey (Introduction)
North Atlantic Books
1996
90
1556432232
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A collection of the straightforward teachings of the venerable Burmese monk Taungpulu Sayadaw, as recorded by Anne Teich (who also provides an overview of Buddhist practices and history).
$11.95

In the Naga's Wake, The First Man to Navigate the Mekong, from Tibet to the South China Sea

SEA57
Mick O'Shea
Independent Publishers Group
2007
1741148693
PAPER
History
5/28/2007
0
0
0
0
Upon first seeing its unforgiving rapids, 20-year-old traveler Mick O’Shea began dreaming of a solo expedition down the Mekong River, from its source in Tibet to the South China Sea.
$20.95

The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China

CHN168
Erik Mueggler
University of California Press
2001
361
0520226313
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
groundbreaking ethnography of the Yi, an ethnic group with a population of seven million in China's Yunnan province. It's also an illuminating study of the wages of communism on China's minority peoples.
$33.95

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

CBD41
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
050020375X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series.
$16.95

Buddhist Art and Architecture

ASA30
Robert Fisher
Thames & Hudson
1993
216
0500202656
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging, illustrated survey of Buddhist art, architecture and iconography in the excellent World of Art series. It includes examples from throughout Asia.
$21.95

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

SEA40
Norman Lewis
Sickle Moon
2003
358
090787133X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
1
0
A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.
$35.00

First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

CBD13
Loung Ung
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
240
0060856262
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An eye-opening eyewitness account of the atrocities suffered by millions of Cambodians from the perspective of a young girl who survived the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
$15.99

Leaving Mother Lake

CHN270
Yang Erche Namu, Christine Mathieu
Back Bay Books
2004
320
0316735493
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this entrancing memoir, Chinese singing sensation Namu recounts her coming-of-age among the matriarchal Mosuo people in Southwest China near the Chinese-Tibetan border.
$16.00

Mr. China's Son, A Villager's Life

CHN399
He Liyi
Perseus
2002
336
0813339790
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Written with warmth, humor and an admirable lack of bitterness, this autobiography by a villager from Yunnan is a poignant glimpse into the rural experience in China over 50 years, including the Japanese invasion, Communist revolution, and time in reeducation camps.
$45.00

The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

VNM39
Duong Van Mai Elliott
Oxford University Press
2000
506
0195137876
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This vivid family saga, beginning with the author's great-grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years.
$24.99

The Quiet American

VNM08
Graham Greene
Penguin
2004
180
0143039024
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.
$17.00

Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA49
Craig Robson
Princeton University Press
2005
304
0691124353
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
$37.50

Chinese Wildlife

CHN440
Martin Walters
Bradt Publications
2008
208
1841622206
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs.
$26.99

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies

CHN146
Moss Roberts
Pantheon Books
1980
258
0394739949
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Moss Roberts combed 2,500 years of the Chinese folk tradition for this excellent, family-friendly anthology, decorated with woodcut illustrations throughout.
$16.95

Children of the River

CBD30
Linda Crew
Laurel-Leaf Publishing
1991
213
0440210224
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Although this young adult novel is set in Oregon, its characters are a family of refugees from Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia. The teenaged protagonist, Sundara, vividly remembers her flight from Pol Pot's army. Ages 12 and up.
$6.99

The Cambodian Dancer, Sophany's Gift of Hope

CBD94
Daryn Reicherter
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2015
32
0804845166
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Written for ages 5 to 8, this children’s book is the true story of a Cambodian refugee who built a life in the US after surviving the Khmer Rouge. While counseling other refugees, she creates a dance school for children, teaching them about their culture and the land of their ancestors. Illustrated by award-winning artist Christy Hale.
$14.95

Listen, Slowly

VNM184
Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins
2016
288
0062229192
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this middle-grade novel, a first generation Vietnamese-American girl, Mai, travels with her grandmother to Vietnam, reluctantly exploring her heritage and finding out much more than she expected about Vietnam -- and about herself.
$6.99

More Books

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

SEA01
W. Somerset Maugham
Penguin
1995
464
0140185925
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other Southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter."
$18.00

Understanding Vietnam

VNM01
Neil Jamieson
University of California Press
1995
428
0520201574
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, revealing the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam.
$31.95

Dispatches

VNM03
Michael Herr
Everyman's Library
2009
296
0679735259
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Herr’s impressionistic memoir of his time as a war correspondent in Vietnam is a modern classic, and not for the faint of heart. Drawing high praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post and many others, it’s been called the best book ever written about the Vietnam War.
$25.00

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

VNM04
John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
Whereabouts Press
1996
239
1883513022
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.
$14.95

Fire in the Lake

VNM12
Frances FitzGerald
Back Bay Books
2002
496
0316159190
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.
$19.00

Vietnam Map

VNM05
ITMB
ITMB
2011
2
1553414632
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A sturdy, double-sided map of Vietnam, at a good scale (1:1,000,000), including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and the Hue region. With index.
$12.95

Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China

CHN04
Jung Chang
Touchstone
2003
524
0743246985
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
In this riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao's regime and the Japanese occupation, Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929.
$18.00

The Arts of China

CHN16
Michael Sullivan
University of California Press
2008
352
0520255690
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A lively survey of Chinese visual arts and culture through the ages, thoroughly illustrated and accessible. With a new chapter on the 20th century and beyond, this fifth edition covers bronzes, ceramics, painting and architecture from the Neolithic to now.
$42.95

China Adventure Map

CHN06
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1553411706
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook

VNM20
Nguyen Xuanthu
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
256
1786571099
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Lonely Planet Cambodia

CBD04
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
384
1743218745
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive practical guide to Cambodia in the hallmark Lonely Planet style featuring maps, a handful of photographs, and a good overview of culture, history and nature.
$27.99

Lonely Planet Laos

LAO02
Justine Vaisutis, Andrew Burke
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
320
1786575310
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Laos by Lonely Planet features maps, a 60-page overview of culture, history and nature and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing.
$27.99

The Buddhist Handbook

ASA08
John Snelling
Inner Traditions
1992
345
0892817615
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Subtitled, "The Complete Guide to Buddhist Schools, Teaching, Practice and History, " this even-handed book is a concise primer covering the history, philosophical foundation and practice of Buddhism.
$19.95

Odyssey Guide Yunnan

CHN44
Jim Goodman
Odyssey Publications
2009
624
9622177751
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Yunnan Province features 200 color photographs and 29 maps.
$29.95

In Search of Southeast Asia: a Modern History

SEA18
David P. Chandler, David J. Steinberg (Editor)
University of Hawaii Press
1988
590
0824811100
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An outstanding scholarly overview of Southeast Asia's social, economic and political history with contributions by seven experts on the region.
$34.00

The Other Side of Heaven, Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers

VNM42
Truong Vu (Editor), Le M. Khue (Editor), Wayne Karlin (Editor)
Curbstone Press
1995
420
1880684314
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
An anthology of fiction, with contributions from both sides of the experience of the Vietnam War.
$19.95

Brother Number One, A Political Biography of Pol Pot

CBD23
David Chandler
Perseus
1999
264
0813335108
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The definitive history of the Pol Pot era by the author of the History of Cambodia.
$43.75

Yangzi River Map

CHN177
Richard Perry Hayman
Odyssey Maps
2003
2
9622177158
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Double-sided, this full-color map guide features photos and ten maps showing the Yangzi from the Himalayas to the East China Sea.
$14.95

Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

CBD33
Dith Pran, Ben Kiernan (Introduction), Kim DePaul (Editor)
Yale University Press
1999
224
0300078730
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A series of eyewitness testimonies of the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Dith Pran, the photojournalist whose story was told in the film The Killing Fields, compiled 29 accounts, all told by people who were children during Khmer Rouge's reign of terror.
$28.00

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA39
Morten Strange
Gardners Books
2014
400
0804844518
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to almost 700 species of birds in the region, featuring concise descriptions and distribution maps.
$24.95

Arts of Southeast Asia

SEA45
Fiona Kerlogue
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
0500203814
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.
$16.95

Empress Orchid

CHN267
Anchee Min
Mariner Books
2005
346
0618562036
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this novel of the glorious, decadent last days of 19th-century Imperial China, Min (Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao) combines her tale of a young girl from the provinces who marries an emperor -- and then improbably becomes the Last Empress -- with a lovingly re-created portrait of life in the Forbidden City.
$14.00

Pimsleur Quick & Simple Chinese (Mandarin)

CHN280
Pimsleur Language Method
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
0671790331
AUDIO CD
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Four audio CDs with eight 30-minute lessons in basic Mandarin, covering elementary vocabulary and phrases used in travel and everyday situations.
$19.95

The Gods Drink Whiskey

CBD46
Stephen T. Asma
HarperCollins
2006
288
0060834501
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his year-long stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.
$14.99

Mao, The Unknown Story

CHN301
Jung Chang, John Halliday
Alfred Knopf
2006
814
0679746323
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this extraordinary biography Chang (Wild Swans) and her historian husband reveal Mao as a brutal, power-hungry monster with close ties to Joseph Stalin.
$20.00

Oracle Bones

CHN316
Peter Hessler
HarperCollins
2007
512
0060826592
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this fine portrait of tumult and tradition, Hessler (River Town) finds clues to modern China's realities in the personal stories of peasants, scholars, day laborers and activists.
$15.99

Odyssey Guide Guizhou Province

CHN321
Gina Corrigan
Odyssey Publications
2002
256
9622176747
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An in-depth guide to the history, culture and peoples of the subtropical Guizhou province in Southwest China, covering the textile arts and costume, jewelry, music and festivals in detail. With photographs and maps.
$23.95

Vietnam: A New History

VNM191
Christopher Goscha
Perseus
2016
592
0465094368
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Telling the story of contemporary Vietnam solely from the perspective of the Vietnamese, Goscha explains how Vietnamese expansion and foreign invasion have kept the nation in a state of unrest for the last 200 years.
$35.00