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#225667 - 01/26/06 08:51 AM What are you reading?
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On a new note, for the new year, if you have any reading suggestions specifically on aspects of 'Asian Art and Culture' feel free to share them and a little synopsis.

This is not a discussion thread (see Book Section). Posts that do not conform will be deleted (including my own!)

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#225668 - 02/24/06 07:15 PM Re: What are you reading? [Re: harlan]
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Try "Dogs and Demons" by Alex Kerr for the current state of Japanese society.

Added later by Harlan: Titles without any kind of description will be deleted in the future. Apparantly, this is a controversial book.

"In what may prove to be a highly controversial book, Kerr argues that Japan is in big trouble: a self-destructive country that is systematically destroying its landscape, its environment, its very culture by adherence to ideas and policies that are decades out of date. The author describes land-preservation schemes that end up destroying the land; a national health program that's near collapse; an education system that values conformity over originality; money-eating government programs that no one can seem to stop. In 1994, Japan produced 91.6 million tons of concrete (30 times as much as the U.S.), much of it used to build structures that serve no purpose. In 1998, Japan's government spent $136 billion on public works, more than what it cost to build the Panama Canal. It's hard to know if Kerr hits the mark here, but he makes a strong case. Expect him to start showing up on talk shows soon, and when he does, the requests for this inflammatory position paper will begin to build." -David Pitt, American Library Association


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#225669 - 10/16/06 04:43 PM Re: What are you reading? [Re: harlan]
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I'm reading James Clavell's "Noble House". It's about big business in Hong Kong. It's the sequel (of sorts) to "Tai Pan", which is about the founding of Hong Kong and the role of the tea trade in making HK the place it became. Very interesting.

Another really amazing book, if you can get it, is "Puppets of Nostalgia" by Jane Marie Law. It's about Japanese puppetry. http://www.pupress.princeton.edu/titles/6070.html
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#225670 - 10/16/06 04:47 PM Re: What are you reading? [Re: trevek]
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Loved Clavell. Spent one summer reading all his books. I actually thought 'King Rat' was the best, and 'Tai Pan' and 'Noble House' more interesting than his famed 'Shogun'.

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#225671 - 10/17/06 03:49 PM Re: What are you reading? [Re: harlan]
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Did you read Gai Jin? It's an in-betweenquel of Tai pan and Noble House.

I've not read it yet but seems good.

What I like about Clavell is his historical research. He made tea interesting from a historical viewpoint. I was actually excited when I saw the Cutty Sark.
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#225672 - 10/24/06 07:36 PM Re: What are you reading? [Re: trevek]
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I reccomend the Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming-Dao.

It is 3 books in 1, the story of a born aristocrat, raised taoist monk and moved to america. (early 1900s)

a lot of taoist philosophy and differant aspects of the chinese culture in general.

(I read this book once a year, each time I get different things out of it)
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#225673 - 11/14/06 10:56 AM Re: What are you reading? [Re: harlan]
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The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Soho

Will let you know when I'm finished, so far very good if your into Zen and the sword.
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#225674 - 11/14/06 11:00 AM Re: What are you reading? [Re: schanne]
harlan Offline
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I wish we could get a 'book chat/discussion' going one of these days.

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#225675 - 11/20/06 09:56 AM Re: What are you reading? [Re: schanne]
senseihonor Offline
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Registered: 09/09/06
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
A Book of Five Rings (again). This translation is by Victor Harris (Overlook Press). I'm enjoying it more than Stephen Kaufman's translation.

Two kids books which I recently read to my son (but I enjoyed tremendously) are:
Zen Shorts by John J. Muth (Scholastics). We both really liked the character Stillwater.
Three Samurai Cats - A Story from Japan retold by Eric A. Kimmel (Scholastics)

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#225676 - 11/20/06 09:57 AM Re: What are you reading? [Re: harlan]
senseihonor Offline
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I'd be up for that! How do you go about getting one started?

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