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Kong Soo Do: Korea's Way of the Empty Hand Self Defense

by Losik PhD, Len

Kong Soo Do The Way of the Empty Hand explains the origin of the only true style of Korean Karate, as taught by Okinawa Master Gichin Funakoshi. Kong Soo Do was one of the most influential post-WW II Korean martial arts styles that would eventually become infused with the many other styles to become Korean Taekwondo. The author includes the path from Chuan Fa to Karate to Taekowndo and the path from training on dirt floors in Korea to Taekwondo as an Olympic sport with chapters on dojang etiquette and the written instructions and drawings to learn all the Kata for promotion from white belt to Black Belt. Included are the instructions for the five Japanese Heien Kata, Nai Hanji So Dan Kata and Bassai Kata, also proper dojo behavior and the Kong Soo Do colored belt rank system. Other topics ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports
Size: Unknown
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient China

by Matt Clayton

If you're looking for a collection of Chinese myths that speaks to all ages and want to get insights into the Chinese culture without reading a college textbook, then keep reading…Most Americans know about Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. But folk stories from ancient China give different viewpoints and a deeper understanding of society's roots.It can be challenging for Americans to find a comprehensive collection of Chinese myths considering that there are several versions and translations available. How many of these Americans miss out supernatural Chinese tales that could educate and excite them…without even realizing?Could you be one of them?You see, most readers make the same mistakes - they either can't find a good collection of Chinese myths, or they only find dull textbooks...

Genre: History, Ancient, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions
Size: Unknown
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Rating: 3.80 / 5
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Hinduism: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hindu Religion, Hindu Gods, Hindu Beliefs, Hindu Rituals and Hinduism History

by Cassie Coleman

Explore the Hindu Religion with its fascinating Rituals and HistoryThis book has eye-opening information about Hinduism that will help you to understand the religion, the Gods, beliefs, rituals and how it has evolved over time.Does Hinduism really have many Gods? Why do Hindus worship the cow? How about the dot… why do they wear it near the middle of their forehead? Why are they forbidden to eat meat…? These are just a few of the countless questions many people ask or wonder about Hinduism, and, whether you are a Hindu or not, there must be questions you may be desiring to get answers to as regards to the Hindu culture/practices, religion or even their history. Hinduism is special and has a lot of material, perhaps because it is the oldest known religion in the world. It therefore pro...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism
Size: Unknown
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Rating: 4.30 / 5
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Dragonvein (Book One)

by Brian D. Anderson

Carentan, France 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.
The Eternal Emperor, Shinzan has destroyed the mages and only a few dragons remain in exile. And now that Ethan, son of Praxis Dragonvein, has returned he must destroy him as well. Faced with unimaginable power, Ethan has only one hope - to reach the dwarf kingdom of Elyfoss before Shinzan can find him.

More Books By Brian D. Anderson:

The Godling Chronicles-
The Sword of Truth
Of Gods and Elves
The Shadow of Gods
A Trial of Souls
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Size: 310 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Indus Valley Civilization: A History from Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Indus Valley Civilization* * *Free BONUS Inside!* * *Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet.In the late 1800s, British engineers building some of the first railways in the Dominion of India discovered large numbers of bricks buried in the dusty plains of the Punjab. This was odd because historians were not aware of any cities or civilizations which might have constructed buildings in this area. It wasn’t until archeological expeditions in the 1920s that it was finally realized that these bricks were the remains of mighty cities built by a previously unknown ancient civilization.Inside you will read about...✓ Discovery ✓ Excavation of Harappa✓ Origins✓ Life and Death in the Indus Valley✓ Downfall of the Indus Valley CivilizationAnd much more!This ...

Genre: History, Asia, World, Nonfiction
Size: 38 pages
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The Zen Primer

by Losik Ph.D, Len

The Zen Primer includes the information to decide if Zen (meditation) with the many rituals and ceremonies that increase learning and obtaining results quicker without them would be of value to your self improvement by obtaining a new understanding of the world and its overly complicated life styles and maintain relationships that cause premature aging and premature death and acquire its many benefits by using its introverted style of a self introspection and evaluation process by learning to connect to the world around you, improving self-awareness, self-value, self-worth, self-esteem, a new connectivity with the earth and surroundings as never before. The Zen Primer is a source on Zen and its many benefits to its practitioners, ts origins and evolution in the Asian communities as well as...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 5 pages
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Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Ch...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
Size: 224 pages
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McALISTER'S WAY - FREE Serialisation Vol. 04 - Chapters 6 and 7

by Richard Marman

MCALISTER’S WAY - FREE Weekly Serialisation Volume 4 Chapters 6 & 7A Young Adult Action and Adventure Story for Baby BoomersMore musing from the author……….Chapter 6When I first immigrated to Australia, Aboriginals were not yet citizens and the cultural-clash this caused still exists. For native people to evolve socially in two hundred years when it took Europeans ten thousand is a big ask and all the well-intentioned interventions won’t change that.Chapter 7I started flying sixteen years after Danny McAlister’s adventure, but know Townsville and Port Moresby Airports well. The weather is wonderful in the dry-season while it can be treacherous in during the wet.Richard Marman, Author, Sunshine Coast=================KEYWORDS/TAGS: McAlister’s Way, action, adventure, Zach, milit...

Genre: History, Asia, Military, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult, War & Military
Size: 57 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Mongolian Empire: History for kids: A captivating guide to a remarkable Genghis Khan & the Mongol Empire

by Dinobibi Publishing

Most people believe the Mongolian Empire was a small tribe known for looting, robbing, and pillaging. The Mongols used to be little more than nomads prowling the harsh and often barren steppes of Mongolia, but this all changed when a great leader, Genghis Khan, took control. The Mongols were innovative and creative in everything they did beyond just warfare. They owed their successes to their military tactics and impressive art of war, which relied heavily on incredible horsemanship, archery, and other fighting skills. But they also created an immersive world full of ideas, inventions, and art.The Mongolian Empire was a state built by folks who knew how to keep up with the times. The Mongols put to use many ideas and technologies of the day and were very much capable of making these things...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 64 pages
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Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Smoke Over Tokyo (Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 2)

by Matthew Legare

Tokyo, May 1932Japan is still plagued by economic depression, scandals, and assassinations. A prominent politician mysteriously commits suicide while dining with Chizuru Okamura, the daughter of a yakuza crime family. Leading the investigation, Police Inspector Aizawa tasks his geisha spy, Reiko Watanabe, to go undercover into the world of the dreaded Okamura Gang.Reiko soon finds herself at the center of a power struggle between Chizuru and her brother, Lieutenant Katsuro Okamura, for control of the gang. Using bribery and deceit, Chizuru is poised to take over the government, while Katsuro seeks to launch a coup d’état and install a military dictatorship. As they try and thwart both schemes, Reiko and Inspector Aizawa must untangle a web of conspiracies involving the Army Secret Servi...

Genre: History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Asian
Size: 316 pages
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Rating: 4.60 / 5
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Vietnam War: A Captivating Guide to the Second Indochina War

by Captivating History

Explore the Captivating History of the Vietnam WarFree History BONUS Inside!The Vietnam War represented a watershed not only in American and Vietnamese history but also internationally. It wasn’t just a battle between two nations, but between two ideologies, two military strategies and a fight for the hearts and minds of two vastly different national populations. Few conflicts in global history symbolize as much as Vietnam. From the civil rights movement to the role of the media in warfare, the Vietnam War was unique in the sense that it could not be contained as a military matter but transcended across every area of Vietnamese and American society. The word ‘Vietnam’ describes an era of history, not just an isolated war in a small nation in Southeast Asia. It is the lens through whi...

Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, Military, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching
Size: 116 pages
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Rating: 4.50 / 5
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Masashi: An Ennin Mystery #68

by Ben Stevens

'Absolutely engaging... There is so much mystery here...' Joanna Daneman (USA), #1 HALL OF FAME AMAZON REVIEWEREnnin is about to fight Japan's deadliest swordsman...Drunk on sake, and armed only with a stick of wood...(A story very loosely based upon the life of the legendary ronin, Miyamoto Musashi.)THE ENNIN MYSTERIES: COLLECTED SERIES 1 - 9 (45 Stories)(45 stories available at just $8.99 for a limited period. Well over 1000 'print' pages.)Amazon Reviews for ENNIN'Ben Stevens is a fascinating writer...' Grady Harp, TOP #10 HALL OF FAME AMAZON REVIEWER'The greatest of Japan's detectives, Ennin, and of course his trusted servant and chronicler Kukai... Full of intrigue, action and excitement... Great escapism...' M. Dowden, TOP #50 HALL OF FAME AMAZON REVIEWER'This excellent rendition of m...

Genre: History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Asian, Japanese
Size: 10 pages
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Rating: 4.30 / 5
4 reviews

Japanese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and Heroines

by Matt Clayton

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Genre: Children's eBooks, Literature & Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 3.96 mb
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Rating: 4.80 / 5
5 reviews

Why do we celebrate HOLI: HOLI FESTIVAL (Unravel Festivals)

by Anitha Rathod

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Genre: Children's eBooks, Holidays & Celebrations, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Children's Nonfiction
Size: 24 pages
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Odo Kwan Tang Soo Do Korea's Karate: Korea's Special Forces

by Losik Ph.D, Len

Odo Kwan Tang Soo Do Korea's Karate describes the creation, history and evolution of the Korean Kwan by the founder, Grandmaster, Choi, Hong Hi who was ordered by the Korean government to unite the many privately owned martial arts Kwans after world War II so that Korea would have an Olympic martial arts sport. The author describes the Japanese style of Korean Karate Major General Choi taught as a Korean martial art. The Odo Kwan one of Korea's post World War II martial art that would have Major General Choi lose his Ambassadorship position with the Korean government, who created the first international Taekwondo organization required so that Taekwondo could become an Olympic sport. the author described how Brigadier General Choi would and become a threat to the Korean independent governme...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 266 pages
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Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth: Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice

by Richard T. Ashcroft

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Genre: History, Asia, Australia & Oceania, Europe, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences
Size: 305 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Outcasts of Empire: Japan's Rule on Taiwan's "Savage Border," 1874-1945 (Asia Pacific Modern Book 16)

by Paul D. Barclay

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, Paul D. Barclay argues that the interpreters, chiefs, and trading-post operators who mediated state-society relations on Taiwan’s “savage border” during successive Qing and Japanese regimes rose to prominence and faded to obscurity in concert with a series of “long nineteenth century” global transformations.   Superior firepower and large economic reserves ultimately enabled Japanese statesmen to discard mediators on the bor...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 322 pages
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Rating: 3.60 / 5
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World War 2 Japan: (Pearl Harbour - Pacific Theater - Iwo Jima - Battle for the Solomon Islands - Okinawa - Nagasaki - Atomic Bomb)

by Stephan Weaver

★★★ WWII JAPAN ★★★
The story of Japanese involvement in WWII is one that includes a number of amazing events between 1939 and 1945. The Japanese went from fighting against just the Chinese to attempting to practically take on the entire world at the one time.

Inside you will learn about...
✓ The Attack on Pearl Harbor
✓ The Pacific War Begins
✓ The Completion of the War Plan.
✓ Attacking Australia and Further Expansion
✓ Battle of the Coral Sea
✓ The Battle for the Solomon Islands
✓ The Bomb
✓ The Japanese Surrender
And much more!

This is a story of rapid expansion, an attempt at consolidation, and ultimately, retreat and massacre. It is a story of honor, of Allied unity, and ...

Genre: History, Asia, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 33 pages
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A Students Guide to Knowing More than Your Martial Arts Master: Academic Information for the Physical Training

by Losik PhD, Len

A Student's Guide to Knowing More than Your Martial Arts Master fulfills he author's desire to make conveniently available to the martial arts student or Instructor the analysis that will increase the student's, Instructor's and Master Instructor's knowledge and wisdom that are training at any level for those with little academic knowledge about the style or styles they have trained in for many years in the physical aspects, but have not trained in the academic aspects of their style. A Student's Guide for Knowing More than your Martial arts Master is for the student, Instructor and Master Instructor because this book is comprised of previously unpublished academic style analysis of the many style's and student's characteristics that comprises the several dozen martial arts styles included...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 207 pages
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History of the Asian Masters: Chronicling 35,000 Years of Asian Fighting Arts

by Losik Ph.D, Len

Secrets of the Asian Masters chronicles the never before told story of the stone age origin and evolution of the fighting arts throughout Asia dating back 35,000 years. It also includes battlefield applications, ancient masters, the evolution of ancient manuscripts, ancient writings, origins of today's oral traditions, the importance of ancient Masters such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, and Lao Tzu's theory of relativity he preached and improved and expanded on by Albert Einstein. It includes the writings of Tao, I Ching, Tao Te Ching, Buddha, and K'ungfu tze,(Confucius) and describes their influence and necessity on all fighting/martial arts. Secrets of the Asian Masters chronicles the world events down through history and the their destruction and recreation that became today's fighting arts/ma...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports
Size: 205 pages
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Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory: Vyasatirtha, Hindu Sectarianism, and the Sixteenth-Century Vijayanagara Court (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Valerie Stoker

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.   How did the patronage activities of India’s Vijayanagara Empire (c. 1346–1565) influence Hindu sectarian identities? Although the empire has been commonly viewed as a Hindu bulwark against Islamic incursion from the north or as a religiously ecumenical state, Valerie Stoker argues that the Vijayanagara court was selective in its patronage of religious institutions. To understand the dynamic interaction between religious and royal institutions in this period, she focuses on the career of the Hindu intellectual and monastic leader Vyasatirtha. An agent of the state and a powerful religious authority, V...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Religious Studies
Size: 232 pages
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Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668 (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History)

by Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

This open access book analyses Iberian expansion by using knowledge accumulated in recent years to test some of the most important theories regarding Europe’s economic development. Adopting a comparative perspective, it considers the impact of early globalization on Iberian and Western European institutions, social development and political economies. In spite of globalization’s minor importance from the commercial perspective before 1750, this book finds its impact decisive for institutional development, political economies, and processes of state-building in Iberia and Europe.  The book engages current historiographies and revindicates the need to take the concept of composite monarchies as a point of departure in order to understand the period’s economic and social developments, ...

Genre: History, Asia, Europe, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences
Size: 520 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Rajeev Kinra

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or munshi, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia.  Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power, territorial reach, and global influence.  As a high-caste H...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 394 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Andrew Ollett

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the kavya movement and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition between Prakrit and Sanskrit was at the center of an enduring “language order” in India, a set of ways of thinking about, naming, classifying, representing, and ultimately using languages. As a language of classical literature that nevertheless retained its as...

Genre: History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Words, Language & Grammar, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 290 pages
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Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Elaine M. Fisher

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In Hindu Pluralism, Elaine M. Fisher complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of precolonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. This work provides a c...

Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Hinduism
Size: 262 pages
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Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan

by Kate McDonald

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. In a departure from standard histories of Japan, this book shows how debates over the role of colonized lands reshaped the social and spatial imaginary of the modern Japanese nation and how, in turn, this sociospatial imaginary affected the ways in which colonial difference was conceptualized and enacted. The book thus illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 231 pages
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Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace

by Lowell Dittmer

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. China’s relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island’s autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT’s insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China—and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
Size: 284 pages
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Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Garrett Field

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.   The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of connections between South Asian song and poetry. Modernizing Composition overcomes this disciplinary fragmentation by examining the history of Sinhala-language song and poetry in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. Garrett Field describes how songwriters and poets modernized song and poetry in response to colonial and postcolonial formations. The story of this modernization is significant in that it shi...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Music, History, Asia, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 171 pages
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North Korean Dictator: Kim Jong Un

by Harvey Madison

Who Is Kim Jong-un? Much of the early life of Kim Jong-un is unknown to Western media. Presumably born in North Korea, Kim is the son of Ko Young-hee, an opera singer, and Kim Jong-il, who was the dictatorial leader of the country for over a decade until his death in 2011. Although Kim Jong-un has implemented some economic and agricultural reforms, human rights violations and brutal suppression of opposition have continued to be reported under his rule. He has also continued the country’s nuclear testing and what is believed to be the development of missile technology despite widespread international disapproval....

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Historical Study, Nonfiction
Size: 36 pages
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Tea Before the Rain

by Paul Loong

What do the people of Hong Kong want? Why do they yearn for it so fervently? Tea in the Rain is a narrative of personal discovery as the author seeks answers by connecting history with his own conflicted background as a Chinese in British-ruled Hong Kong. The book revolves around the ideas and emotions that welled up on the day in 1997 when Britain handed the colony back to China. As a journalist, the author interviewed key figures at the time and attended the Handover Ceremony. The book traces the origins of the seemingly irreconcilable differences over the territory's future from the perspective of ordinary Hong Kong people most affected by the outcome. It is written for general readers who are interested in popular history and curious about this amazing place that is changing before our...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 251 pages
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