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21 Balloons , The

William Pene du Bois

1947    192 pages    (Viking Juvenile)

ISBN 13: 9780670734412    ISBN 10: 0670734411

Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?

Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean? [less]

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Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella

Myrna J. de la Paz

2014    32 pages    (Shen's Books)

ISBN 13: 9781885008176    ISBN 10: 1885008171

"Mother, Oh, Mother, Bathala, Creator of the Earth, Anitos, Spirits of my ancestors, Hear me and help me…"As Abadeha wept and prayed, she saw a beautiful woman, bathed in radiant light, who appeared to take her worries away.So go the blessings of Cinderella's fairy godmother throughout the struggles and eventual triumphs of a young girl against her oppressors. Set in the exotic islands of the Philippines, this tale captures the mystical charm of the indigenous culture of the Filipinos. [...]

"Mother, Oh, Mother, Bathala, Creator of the Earth, Anitos, Spirits of my ancestors, Hear me and help me…"As Abadeha wept and prayed, she saw a beautiful woman, bathed in radiant light, who appeared to take her worries away.So go the blessings of Cinderella's fairy godmother throughout the struggles and eventual triumphs of a young girl against her oppressors. Set in the exotic islands of the Philippines, this tale captures the mystical charm of the indigenous culture of the Filipinos. Colorful images of pre-colonial Philippine scenes, costumes, architecture, and folkways vividly enhance the enchanting tale.This retelling of lasting value and universal appeal conveys the deep respect and reverence for nature and the earth inherent in the forever-loved story that will never grow old. [less]

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Aceh: Art and Culture (Images of Asia)

Holly S. Smith

1998    104 pages    (Oxford University Press)

ISBN 13: 9789835600166    ISBN 10: 9835600163

Although it is stamped with the title of "Special Province," Daerah Istimewa Aceh is perhaps the region of Indonesia that best fits the archipelago's motto of "Unity in Diversity." This beautifully-illustrated book describes the various influences that have contributed to Aceh's rich and diversified culture.

Although it is stamped with the title of "Special Province," Daerah Istimewa Aceh is perhaps the region of Indonesia that best fits the archipelago's motto of "Unity in Diversity." This beautifully-illustrated book describes the various influences that have contributed to Aceh's rich and diversified culture. [less]

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Adventures of Rama, The

Milo Cleveland Beach

1983    62 pages    (Smithsonian Inst Pr)

ISBN 13: 9780934686518    ISBN 10: 0934686513

Classic Indian folk tale brought to life with an exciting new story and wonderful illustrations

Classic Indian folk tale brought to life with an exciting new story and wonderful illustrations [less]

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Along the Silk Road

Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis

2002    144 pages    (University of Washington Press)

ISBN 13: 9780295981826    ISBN 10: 0295981822

In 1998 renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the Silk Road Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to the living arts of peoples of traditional Silk Road lands. One of the major components of this exciting, multi-year venture has been the commissioning of new works by composers from Silk Road regions to be played in concerts and festivals throughout the world. An equally fascinating part of the project is the exploration of ways that traditional cultural expression can help revitalize [...]

In 1998 renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the Silk Road Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to the living arts of peoples of traditional Silk Road lands. One of the major components of this exciting, multi-year venture has been the commissioning of new works by composers from Silk Road regions to be played in concerts and festivals throughout the world. An equally fascinating part of the project is the exploration of ways that traditional cultural expression can help revitalize contemporary culture, a goal exemplified by this volume, itself part of the Silk Road Project activities.The greater Silk Road encompassed certain sea routes and the loose system of trails that crossed the mountains and deserts of Central Asia to connect East Asia and the Mediterranean. This historical network, at its height from the second century B.C.E. until the fourteenth century, was the most cosmopolitan area on earth. Merchants carrying fine silks and lacquers westward from China would mingle with traders bringing fragile Roman glass to the east or with Indians seeking markets for carved ivory cosmetic boxes and gold ornaments for fashionable women. It was by these routes, too, that the religions of Buddhism and Islam, among others, spread throughout Asia.This richly illustrated, lively book is keynoted by Yo-Yo Ma's candid insights into contemporary music and the Silk Road. Distinguished contributors who explore the present-day Silk road and its absorbing history include a composer, an ethnomusicologist, an archaeologist, a photographer, a scientist, a film critic, and two art historians.Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis is associate professor of Asian/Japanese art history at Boston University and associate in research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Contributors include Yo-Yo Ma, Theodore Levin, Bright Sheng, Elizabeth Barber, Kenro Izu, Debra Diamond, Merton C. Flemings, and Hamid Naficy. [less]

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Ambiguous Allure of the West, The

Rachel V. Harrison (Editor), Peter A. Jackson (Editor), Dipesh Chakrabarty (Foreword by)

2010    320 pages    (Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780877276074    ISBN 10: 0877276072

The Ambiguous Allure of the West examines the impact of Western imperialism on Thai cultural development from the 1850s to the present and highlights the value of postcolonial analysis for studying the ambiguities, inventions, and accommodations with the West that continue to enrich Thai culture.Since the mid-nineteenth century, Thais have adopted and adapted aspects of Western culture and practice in an ongoing relationship that may be characterized as semicolonial. As they have done so, the [...]

The Ambiguous Allure of the West examines the impact of Western imperialism on Thai cultural development from the 1850s to the present and highlights the value of postcolonial analysis for studying the ambiguities, inventions, and accommodations with the West that continue to enrich Thai culture.Since the mid-nineteenth century, Thais have adopted and adapted aspects of Western culture and practice in an ongoing relationship that may be characterized as semicolonial. As they have done so, the notions of what constitutes Thainess have been inflected by Western influence in complex and ambiguous ways, producing nuanced, hybridized Thai identities. The Ambiguous Allure of the West brings together Thai and Western scholars of history, anthropology, film, and literary and cultural studies to analyze how the protean Thai self has been shaped by the traces of the colonial Western Other. Thus, the book draws the study of Siam/Thailand into the critical field of postcolonial theory, expanding the potential of Thai Studies to contribute to wider debates in the region and in the disciplines of cultural studies and critical theory.The chapters in this book present the first sustained dialogue between Thai cultural studies and postcolonial analysis. By clarifying the distinctive position of semicolonial societies such as Thailand in the Western-dominated world order, this book bridges and integrates studies of former colonies with studies of the Asian societies that retained their political independence while being economically and culturally subordinated to Euro-American power. [less]

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American Reckoning

Christian G. Appy

2015    416 pages    (Viking Adult)

ISBN 13: 9780670025398    ISBN 10: 0670025399

The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy. Drawing on [...]

The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy. Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War. [less]

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American War in Vietnam, The

Jayne Werner (Editor), David Hunt (Editor)

1993    132 pages    (Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780877271314    ISBN 10: 0877271313

Southeast Asia Program 13 As suggested by the title, this collection of essays focuses upon American involvement in the Vietnamese War. These essays were originally written for a symposium in 1988 in which (for the first time since 1975) scholars from both the U.S. and Vietnam met to discuss and debate the war and its impact on their respective nations. Thus, these works (by American authors) though alternately probing and guarded, are always thought-provoking. They display the mind at work in [...]

Southeast Asia Program 13 As suggested by the title, this collection of essays focuses upon American involvement in the Vietnamese War. These essays were originally written for a symposium in 1988 in which (for the first time since 1975) scholars from both the U.S. and Vietnam met to discuss and debate the war and its impact on their respective nations. Thus, these works (by American authors) though alternately probing and guarded, are always thought-provoking. They display the mind at work in its search for answers, explanations, and meaning. Questions of politics and history (diplomacy, the Tet offensive, Chinese involvement, U.S. war veterans) are considered and reconsidered by such authors as Allen Whiting, Jayne Werner, Nyo Vinh Long, and Paul Comacho. [less]

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America's Longest War

George C. Herring

2001    384 pages    (McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages)

ISBN 13: 9780072536188    ISBN 10: 0072536187

Comprehensive yet concise, America’s Longest War provides a complete and balanced history of the Vietnam War. It is not mainly a military history, but seeks to integrate military, diplomatic, and political factors in order to clarify America’s involvement and ultimate failure in Vietnam. While it focuses on the American side of the equation, it provides sufficient consideration of the Vietnamese side to make the events comprehensible.

Comprehensive yet concise, America’s Longest War provides a complete and balanced history of the Vietnam War. It is not mainly a military history, but seeks to integrate military, diplomatic, and political factors in order to clarify America’s involvement and ultimate failure in Vietnam. While it focuses on the American side of the equation, it provides sufficient consideration of the Vietnamese side to make the events comprehensible. [less]

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Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella

Jewell R. Coburn

1998    32 pages    (Shens Books)

ISBN 13: 9781885008091    ISBN 10: 1885008090

In the first English retelling of this ancient Cambodian tale, our heroine goes further, survives more, and has to conquer her own mortality to ragain her rightful place. Angkat—child of ashes—endures great wrongs as she seeks to rise above the distresses caused by her own family. Angkat appeared in an 18th century French essay which was found by Dr. Coburn deep in some dusty archives while she was researching Khmer culture and folklore. The artist effectively employed dramatic expressions, [...]

In the first English retelling of this ancient Cambodian tale, our heroine goes further, survives more, and has to conquer her own mortality to ragain her rightful place. Angkat—child of ashes—endures great wrongs as she seeks to rise above the distresses caused by her own family. Angkat appeared in an 18th century French essay which was found by Dr. Coburn deep in some dusty archives while she was researching Khmer culture and folklore. The artist effectively employed dramatic expressions, gestures, and ambiance in each illustration. This ancient and truly captivating version of the Cinderella story will delight and enthrall readers of all ages. [less]

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Angkor Cities and Temples

Claude Jacques

2006    319 pages    (River Books Press Dist A C)

ISBN 13: 9789748225159    ISBN 10: 9748225151

Features the most significant monuments of Angkor, showing the extraordinary achievements of the Khmer civilization.

Features the most significant monuments of Angkor, showing the extraordinary achievements of the Khmer civilization. [less]

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Angkor Wat: Time, Space, and Kingship

Eleanor Mannikka

2000    341 pages    (University of Hawaii Press)

ISBN 13: 9780824823535    ISBN 10: 0824823532

Angkor Wat, with its magnificent towers silhouetted against the rising sun, is one of the most awe-inspiring architectural visions in the world. The temple was rescued from obscurity in the mid-19th century when French explorers reported seeing great sandstone monuments in the Cambodian jungle. At the turn of the century, as clearing began and the site re-emerged from the surrounding jungle growth, the temple was on its way to becoming recognized around the world as one of our greatest [...]

Angkor Wat, with its magnificent towers silhouetted against the rising sun, is one of the most awe-inspiring architectural visions in the world. The temple was rescued from obscurity in the mid-19th century when French explorers reported seeing great sandstone monuments in the Cambodian jungle. At the turn of the century, as clearing began and the site re-emerged from the surrounding jungle growth, the temple was on its way to becoming recognized around the world as one of our greatest architectural achievements. Despite its impressive exterior, very little was known about Angkor Wat beyond the stories told by it bas-reliefs and the inscriptions chronicling the life of its builder, King Suryavarman II. Now, Eleanor Mannikka's study brings the principles of 12th-century Khmer temple architecture to the modern world. [less]

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Anh's Anger

Gail Silver

2009    40 pages    (Plum Blossom Books)

ISBN 13: 9781888375947    ISBN 10: 1888375949

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book [...]

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions, making it an invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike. [less]

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Animals Around Us

36 pages    (Sunrise)

Interesting and educating facts about 56 native animals of Myanmar (in English and Burmese)

Interesting and educating facts about 56 native animals of Myanmar (in English and Burmese) [less]

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Animals of Paradise , The

Noura Durkee

1996    88 pages    (Hood Hood Books Ltd)

ISBN 13: 9781900251099    ISBN 10: 1900251094

A heart-warming and extremely funny collection of stories, where the animals in paradise relate their stories and experiences with the prophets. Includes easily recognisable tales like Jonah and the Whale, the story of Cain and Abel, Solomon and the Hoopoe bird and many more. beautifully illustrated throughout. Reader Reviews: Click Here To Read User Reviews Age Group: 6-10 Key Stage/Grade: UK: Key Stages 2-3 US: Grades 4-7

A heart-warming and extremely funny collection of stories, where the animals in paradise relate their stories and experiences with the prophets. Includes easily recognisable tales like Jonah and the Whale, the story of Cain and Abel, Solomon and the Hoopoe bird and many more. beautifully illustrated throughout. Reader Reviews: Click Here To Read User Reviews Age Group: 6-10 Key Stage/Grade: UK: Key Stages 2-3 US: Grades 4-7 [less]

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Antique Lover's Source Guide, The

Amy Chew

2003    (Hothouse Media Pte Ltd. )

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Approaching Suharto's Indonesia from the Margins

Takashi Shiraishi (Editor)

1994    153 pages    (Cornell University, Southeast Asia Program Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780877274032    ISBN 10: 0877274037

This text is the fourth and final volume in a series of essays by Japanese scholars of Southeast Asia. The authors examine issues such as the political styles and methodologies of Suharto's New Order government, the economic development of Indonesia under Suharto, and the economic and cultural relationship between Japan and Indonesia.

This text is the fourth and final volume in a series of essays by Japanese scholars of Southeast Asia. The authors examine issues such as the political styles and methodologies of Suharto's New Order government, the economic development of Indonesia under Suharto, and the economic and cultural relationship between Japan and Indonesia. [less]

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Arabic Alphabet's Trip, An

Narmeen Mahmoud Omar

1994    32 pages    (Al Huda Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780964210172    ISBN 10: 0964210177

This 32-page book is a great source of fun and education for teaching the Arabic alphabet to children. Beautiful and lively illustrations in full color will help parents give a head start to their loved ones. The author has enhanced the usefulness of this book by illustrating each letter on its own individual page. A border with practice letters has been added so children may color in with crayons. Each letter comes alive in its own delightful rhyme. Your child will ask you to read this book [...]

This 32-page book is a great source of fun and education for teaching the Arabic alphabet to children. Beautiful and lively illustrations in full color will help parents give a head start to their loved ones. The author has enhanced the usefulness of this book by illustrating each letter on its own individual page. A border with practice letters has been added so children may color in with crayons. Each letter comes alive in its own delightful rhyme. Your child will ask you to read this book over and over again. Soon they will have the Arabic alphabet completely memorized. [less]

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Art, Culture, and Ethnicity

Bernard Young

1990    278 pages    (The National Art Education Association)

ISBN 13: 9780937652541    ISBN 10: 0937652547

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Art in Indonesia: Continuities and Change

Claire Holt

1967    374 pages    (Cornell Univ Pr)

ISBN 13: 9780801401886    ISBN 10: 0801401887

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Art of Indochina: Including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Combodia, The

Bernard Philippe Groslier

1962    (Crown Publishers, Inc. )

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Art of Indonesia: The Art of an Island Group, The

Frits A. Wagner

1988    258 pages    (Graham Brash (Pte.) Ltd ,Singapore)

ISBN 13: 9789971490867    ISBN 10: 9971490862

Large Paperback - November 1, 1988 by Frits A. Wagner Graham Brash Ltd ,Singapore; 2nd edition

Large Paperback - November 1, 1988 by Frits A. Wagner Graham Brash Ltd ,Singapore; 2nd edition [less]

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Art of Island Southeast Asia

Florina H. Capistrano-Baker

1994    155 pages    (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

ISBN 13: 9780870996979    ISBN 10: 0870996975

An impressive assemblage of the art of a sprawling area comprising more than 1,700 islands, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, and eastern Malaysia.

An impressive assemblage of the art of a sprawling area comprising more than 1,700 islands, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, and eastern Malaysia. [less]

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Art of Japanese Ceramics , The

Tsugio Mikami

1972    188 pages    (John Weatherhill)

ISBN 13: 9780834810006    ISBN 10: 083481000X

Japanese Studies, Art Studies

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Art of Rice , The

Roy W. Hamilton

2004    552 pages    (University of California Los Angeles, Fowler)

ISBN 13: 9780930741983    ISBN 10: 0930741986

The term Asia is a problematic and highly artificial construct, because hardly anything - not language, religion, politics, or even geography - unites this huge area. Within the context of this study, however - which focuses on parts of South, Southeast, and East Asia (home to the vast majority of the population) - there exists a unifying factor of paramount significance: rice. Not only is rice the staple food in these regions, it is the focal point of a pervasive set of interrelated beliefs and [...]

The term Asia is a problematic and highly artificial construct, because hardly anything - not language, religion, politics, or even geography - unites this huge area. Within the context of this study, however - which focuses on parts of South, Southeast, and East Asia (home to the vast majority of the population) - there exists a unifying factor of paramount significance: rice. Not only is rice the staple food in these regions, it is the focal point of a pervasive set of interrelated beliefs and practices. For those who consume it, this foodstuff is considered divinely given and is felt to sustain them in a special way, one that may be understood as constitutional and even spiritual.This volume explores beliefs and practices relating to rice as they are made manifest in the unique arts and material cultures of the various peoples considered. Incorporating essays by twenty-seven authorities representing a wide variety of cultures and writing from diverse perspectives, the book is astounding in its polyphony.The thirty-five lavishly illustrated essays describe rice-related rituals and beliefs in parts of Thailand, Nepal, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, China, and Korea. Throughout, the juxtaposition of magnificent photographs of works of art - paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, and sculpture - with objects of a more humble nature - agricultural implements, rice-straw ornaments, cooking utensils, baskets, puppets, votive plaques, and more - serves to indicate the striking pervasiveness of rice in all aspects and all walks of life. Wedding ceremonies, parades, festivals, celebrations of birth, rites held to honour the rice goddess, and those performed to ensure success at every step in the rice-growing cycle are vividly described and illustrated with striking field photographs. The whole gives the reader the rare opportunity to compare similarities and differences in how a rich array of Asian cultures views the food that nourishes them. [less]

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Art of South and Southeast Asia, The

Steven M. Kossak, Edith W. Watts

2001    156 pages    (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

ISBN 13: 9780300088977    ISBN 10: 0300088973

A great and early civilization arose on the subcontinent of South Asia that in time spread northward to the Himalayan region and estward to Southeast Asia, a vast area including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar. This resource introduces works of art from this area selected from the superb South and Southeast Asian and Islamic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fifty-three digital images (of which forty are also reproduced as slides) present examples [...]

A great and early civilization arose on the subcontinent of South Asia that in time spread northward to the Himalayan region and estward to Southeast Asia, a vast area including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar. This resource introduces works of art from this area selected from the superb South and Southeast Asian and Islamic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fifty-three digital images (of which forty are also reproduced as slides) present examples of Buddhist and Hindu temple art and the later court arts of South Asia; these range from miniature painting and luxurious textiles to elegant personal possessions. The boxed package also contains two posters; a summary of South and Southeast Asian history; a section about Buddhism and Hinduism; descriptions of the visual qualities and symbolic meanings of the art; classroom activities; lesson plans; a glossary; and a CD-ROM version. [less]

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Art of Southeast Asia, The

Philip S. Rawson

1990    288 pages    (Thames & Hudson)

ISBN 13: 9780500200605    ISBN 10: 0500200602

With a wealth of information about the history, traditions, and religious beliefs of Southeast Asia, Philip Rawson throughly and authoritatively surveys a vast array of works of art and crafts from the region. Since prehistoric times, the countries of Southeast Asia have created a unique melange of indigenous art and the art of neighboring India and China. From the bronze tombs of the Dong-son people in 500 BC, to the mystical, dramatic form of Indonesia puppetry in current day Java and Bali, [...]

With a wealth of information about the history, traditions, and religious beliefs of Southeast Asia, Philip Rawson throughly and authoritatively surveys a vast array of works of art and crafts from the region. Since prehistoric times, the countries of Southeast Asia have created a unique melange of indigenous art and the art of neighboring India and China. From the bronze tombs of the Dong-son people in 500 BC, to the mystical, dramatic form of Indonesia puppetry in current day Java and Bali, from architectural wonders such as Borobudur, to a host of pagodas, shrines, and temples, Rawson explores a medley of Southeast Asian art. He offers an astonishing array of treasures and elucidates a culture in which there are no artistic boundaries. 251 illus., 32 in color [less]

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Art of the Loom, The

Ann Hecht

2001    208 pages    (University of Washington Press)

ISBN 13: 9780295981390    ISBN 10: 0295981393

Colorful and sometimes complex textiles are still produced in many parts of the world using only the simplest tools and equipment. The Art of the Loom focuses on eight areas of special interest--Navaho weaving in North America; bedouin textiles in the Middle East; West African narrow-strip weaving; Indonesian textiles; "kasuri" resist dyeing in Japan; inlay weaving in Nepal; brocaded motifs from Guatemala; and Peruvian tapestry weaving--and describes the fibers used, the methods of [...]

Colorful and sometimes complex textiles are still produced in many parts of the world using only the simplest tools and equipment. The Art of the Loom focuses on eight areas of special interest--Navaho weaving in North America; bedouin textiles in the Middle East; West African narrow-strip weaving; Indonesian textiles; "kasuri" resist dyeing in Japan; inlay weaving in Nepal; brocaded motifs from Guatemala; and Peruvian tapestry weaving--and describes the fibers used, the methods of spinning and dyeing, the types of loom and the techniques of weaving. Examples of the best textiles from each area are supplemented with numerous photographs of spinners, weavers, and dyers at work, and diagrams showing how the various effects are achieved. As well as providing students and anthropologists with a valuable insight into working methods in a wide variety of traditional communities, this book and the exciting textiles it illustrates will be an endless source of ideas and ispiration for practising weavers. [less]

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Art of Xu Bing: Words Without Meaning, Meaning Without Words (Asian Art & Culture), The

Britta Erickson

84 pages    (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Ga)

ISBN 13: 9780295981437    ISBN 10: 0295981431

Xu Bing (born 1955) stands out as a leading figure in the international art world. His works and installation pieces, including Ghosts Pounding the Wall (an acutal rubbing of the Great Wall done at Jinshanling in 1990) and Wu Street (1993), and his ongiong exploration of language have brought worldwide attention to this unassuming provocateur. As a teenager in China during its Cultural Revolution, Xu Bing experienced the emotional and social upheavals that marked this tumultuous time. He was [...]

Xu Bing (born 1955) stands out as a leading figure in the international art world. His works and installation pieces, including Ghosts Pounding the Wall (an acutal rubbing of the Great Wall done at Jinshanling in 1990) and Wu Street (1993), and his ongiong exploration of language have brought worldwide attention to this unassuming provocateur. As a teenager in China during its Cultural Revolution, Xu Bing experienced the emotional and social upheavals that marked this tumultuous time. He was removed from his "reactionary" parents in Beijing and sent to the provinces to work in a small farming commune as part of Mao Zedong's "rustication" program in 1974. His forced participation in the revolution led him to question and re-examine all he had known, from the meaning and appearance of Chinese characters to the purpose of the Great Wall of China and the value of art and culture. An accomplished calligrapher, printmaker, and art teacher, Xu Bing turned his simultaneous interest in and mistrust of language into an extended examination of Chinese characters. The result was the Book from the Sky, a powerful installation of books, scrolls, and panels for which Xu Bing invented hundreds of new characters in the late 1980s. This uneasy play between the familiar and the unknown-these words without meaning-caused an uproar in Beijing art community and led the Chinese government to censor Xu Bing and his art. The artist emigrated to the United States in 1990. Featuring works in Square Word Calligraphy, his whimsical, invented language, The Art of Xu Bing traces the calligrapher's career and provides illustrations and in-depth descriptions of his works, which have been shown from Finland to Australia and the United States. Author and art historian Britta Erickson leads his insightful look at Xu Bing's development as a significant artist, and Xu Bing himself contributes a fascinating chapter on his life and work. [less]

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Arts and Crafts of Thailand

William Warren

1996    160 pages    (Chronicle Books)

ISBN 13: 9780811810012    ISBN 10: 0811810011

Thailand has a long-standing tradition of arts and crafts. Unlike most of its neighbours, it has never been occupied by a foreign power or engaged in wars of conquest, and it has thus enjoyed a relatively peaceful development since ancient times. Patronized by the court and the temples, the designs and craftsmanship of Thai artisans have flourished. Thai textiles, probably the best-known example of its indigenous handicrafts, form part of the assortment of creative traditions and products [...]

Thailand has a long-standing tradition of arts and crafts. Unlike most of its neighbours, it has never been occupied by a foreign power or engaged in wars of conquest, and it has thus enjoyed a relatively peaceful development since ancient times. Patronized by the court and the temples, the designs and craftsmanship of Thai artisans have flourished. Thai textiles, probably the best-known example of its indigenous handicrafts, form part of the assortment of creative traditions and products presented by this book. Here are baskets floor mats, water dippers, shimmering silk fabrics, as well as fine silverware, lacquer-ware, jewellry, furniture and wood carvings: objects from the most basic traditions of village life to the aristocratic tradition: from ceremonial life to the traditions of theatre arts. The writer and photographer of this book have both spent many years in Thailand. Their other books include "Living in Thailand"(1989) and "The Tropical Garden"(1991). [less]

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Arts & Crafts of Indonesia

Anne Richter

1994    160 pages    (Chronicle Books)

ISBN 13: 9780811804813    ISBN 10: 081180481X

Lying at the crossroads of trade routes between the Middle East, India and China, Indonesia has long been exposed to a host of cultural influences which have delivered a huge diversity of decorative objects, made either to embellish or sanctify ordinary life, or as offerings to the gods. Nowadays, the skills of the peoples inhabiting the 13,000 tropical islands of the Indonesian archipelago, have found a worldwide audience of collectors. Anne Richter presents a distillation of first-hand [...]

Lying at the crossroads of trade routes between the Middle East, India and China, Indonesia has long been exposed to a host of cultural influences which have delivered a huge diversity of decorative objects, made either to embellish or sanctify ordinary life, or as offerings to the gods. Nowadays, the skills of the peoples inhabiting the 13,000 tropical islands of the Indonesian archipelago, have found a worldwide audience of collectors. Anne Richter presents a distillation of first-hand research into the traditional arts and crafts of Indonesia. Colour pictures form the centrepiece of her presentation of the different media concerned. Here are world-renowned textiles; wood and horn carvings; ceramics ranging from simple, cooking pots to terracotta modelling; metalwork in the shape of jewelry or folk bronzes; crafts related to drama, like masks and puppets; and products of a tropical garden paradise - decorative ephemera made from grasses or fruits, leaves, vines and bamboo. Advice is given on collecting and conserving all these. Recently, Indonesia's accelerating pace of development and internationalization has fostered new ideas. These modern forms have merged past traditions with present interests to provide an array of living crafts at their most vital. [less]

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Arts of Thailand , The

Steve Van Beek

1998    220 pages    (Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.)

ISBN 13: 9789625932620    ISBN 10: 9625932623

For over a thousand years, Thailand has been a cultural crossroads for the artistic traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Indonesia, gradually evolving a unique style of artistic expression all its own. Based on exhaustive museum, library, and temple research, The Arts of Thailand covers every major form and period of Thai art and provides a complete overview of one of the world's richest artistic traditions.

For over a thousand years, Thailand has been a cultural crossroads for the artistic traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Indonesia, gradually evolving a unique style of artistic expression all its own. Based on exhaustive museum, library, and temple research, The Arts of Thailand covers every major form and period of Thai art and provides a complete overview of one of the world's richest artistic traditions. [less]

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Asia II

Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Margarete Zalon PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

2014    568 pages    (Springer Publishing Company)

ISBN 13: 9780826198921    ISBN 10: 0826198929

"There is a plethora of policy books on the market, but none illustrate the steps in the policy process better than this one. The high caliber editors and contributors, all of whom have been involved in policy work, bring years of experience to illustrate the key points... This publication is timely as the shift in healthcare requires input from all health professionals, but especially nurses who are at the frontline of healthcare change and delivery. This outstanding resource will help motivate [...]

"There is a plethora of policy books on the market, but none illustrate the steps in the policy process better than this one. The high caliber editors and contributors, all of whom have been involved in policy work, bring years of experience to illustrate the key points... This publication is timely as the shift in healthcare requires input from all health professionals, but especially nurses who are at the frontline of healthcare change and delivery. This outstanding resource will help motivate many more nurses to get involved in the policy process... Weighted Numerical Score: 93 - 4 Stars!"--Doody's Medical Reviews Written by those in the knowñexceptional nurse leaders in practice, education, and politicsñthis is a practical, "how-to" book written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy skills to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena. Co-published with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the book examines the pivotal role of nurses' involvement in health policy and describes the requisite steps for facilitating policy changeñfrom understanding the political system through activating a plan and beyond. It features the voices of a wide variety of nurse leaders who discuss policy work both locally and nationally through descriptive case histories. The book discusses those qualities and skill sets that are needed for advocacy at the bedside and other arenas where health policy is determined. It examines the political system and opportunities for nurse involvement, and clarifies the process of identifying issues that need a policy solution. Because citing research is an integral component of health policy solutions, the book describes how research can be used to strengthen policy initiatives. The book guides the reader step by step through the process of creating a work plan and describes the resources needed to accomplish policy change. Activating an action plan and strategies for working with the media are covered, along with the process of taking a leadership role, evaluating outcomes, using policy to eliminate health inequities, and maintaining and expanding momentum. Woven throughout the book are the major themes of ethics, leadership, safety, and the quest for quality of care. The text provides information and perspectives relevant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) doctor of nursing practice (DNP) Essentials, and includes multimedia electronic links to resources (podcasts, online articles, social network resources, and key political websites) that promote policy research and leadership development. KEY FEATURES: Delineates the steps to becoming a policy advocate in organizational, educational, and political settings Written by noted nurse leaders who describe policy work locally and nationally Presents competencies for nursing policy work derived from the AACN DNP Essentials Focuses throughout on themes of ethics, leadership, quality, and safety Facilitates web use for policy research and development Ancillary materials from the editors are available [less]

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Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art

Margo Machida, Vishakha Desai, John Tchen

1994    128 pages    (The New Pres)

ISBN 13: 9781565840904    ISBN 10: 1565840909

22 color and 45 B/W illustrations.

22 color and 45 B/W illustrations. [less]

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Asian Children's Favorite Stories

David Conger, Yee, Marian Davies Toth, Kay Lyons

2006    112 pages    (Tuttle Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9780804836692    ISBN 10: 0804836698

For thousands of years, parents around the world have been telling their children stories; at bedtime, over the dinner table, and around the fire. Each country has its own set of fascinating tales, which are especially enjoyable for children to discover. Asian Children's Favorite Stories is a marvelous collection of 13 beautifully told folktales from eight major countries in Asia-China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Open the pages of this [...]

For thousands of years, parents around the world have been telling their children stories; at bedtime, over the dinner table, and around the fire. Each country has its own set of fascinating tales, which are especially enjoyable for children to discover. Asian Children's Favorite Stories is a marvelous collection of 13 beautifully told folktales from eight major countries in Asia-China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Open the pages of this fascinating storybook to introduce your child to the wonders of Asia-and the joy of finding new favorites to read over and over again. [less]

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Asian Kites

Wayne Hosking

2004    64 pages    (Tuttle Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9780804835459    ISBN 10: 0804835454

Kids will learn how to make colorful kites while exploring Asian culture and history with this easy-to-follow crafts for kids book.The Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands on projects readers will explore each art—engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.In this volume, children will learn to how to make a kite. Kite [...]

Kids will learn how to make colorful kites while exploring Asian culture and history with this easy-to-follow crafts for kids book.The Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands on projects readers will explore each art—engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.In this volume, children will learn to how to make a kite. Kite making is a unique craft—with projects that are beautiful, functional, and fun! The colorful, easy-to-follow instructions in Asian Kites will have you building—and flying—fifteen different kites from countries all across Asia, including China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea.The full-color instructions make it easy to create these beautiful kites out of common materials and the resource guide in the back lists plenty of places to purchase supplies. You'll learn to build: Butterfly kite from China Cobra kite from Thailand Mini kite from Malaysia Shield kite from Koreaan octopus kit from Japan And more! Fun to build and exciting to fly—this book brings a whole new meaning to the term "Go fly a kite!" [less]

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