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Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy (Anthem South Asian Studies)

By Nafisa Hoodbhoy

‘Aboard the Democracy teach’ is set politics and journalism in Pakistan. it's a gripping front-line account of the country’s decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as informed during the eyes of the single lady reporter operating throughout the Zia period at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s best English language newspaper. during this quantity, the writer unearths her certain stories and assurance of ethnic violence, women’s rights and media freedoms. The narrative presents an perception into the politics of the Pak-Afghan zone within the publish 9/11 period, and exposes how the absence of rule of legislation claimed the lifetime of its in basic terms girl best minister.

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Towards a Sustainable Asia: Environment and Climate Change

This sequence of books are the output of the learn undertaking known as "Sustainable improvement in Asia (SDA)", which was once initiated through the organization of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA). they're created from one synthesis document, which entitled "Towards a Sustainable Asia: eco-friendly Transition and Innovation", and 4 thematic experiences on normal assets, strength, the surroundings and weather switch, and tradition from specific views of agriculture.

They target to: 1) examine universal sustainability concerns confronted by way of all Asian international locations, together with inhabitants bring up, poverty relief, pollutants regulate, ecological recovery, in addition to neighborhood difficulties, akin to water scarcity in West and important Asia, strength safeguard in Northeast Asia, improvement version & transformation in East Asia; 2) examine and summarize of most sensible practices in the direction of sustainable improvement in Asia; three) carry ahead feedback and coverage concepts for selling eco-friendly transition, method innovation and sustainable improvement of Asia.

With top perform instructions for a sustainable Asia, this sequence of stories, for the 1st time systematically handle the typical demanding situations and local difficulties in regard to Asia’s normal assets use, pollutants relief and weather safety, sustainable power improvement, and strategies for environment-friendly and culture-compatible agriculture. they're going to supply convenient and precious details to researchers, govt coverage makers and most of the people who've matters approximately Asia’s sustainable development.

AASA is a systematic and technological association in Asia, verified in 2000, comprising of 26 member academies in all places Asia. Its imaginative and prescient is to supply a discussion board for the dialogue of all matters proper to technological know-how and expertise improvement and its software on nationwide point inside Asia.

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From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia

By Pankaj Mishra

A Financial Times and The Economist most sensible publication of the yr and a New York Times publication overview Editors' Choice

A staggering, GRIPPING NARRATIVE DEPICTING THE THINKERS WHOSE principles formed modern CHINA, INDIA, AND THE MUSLIM WORLD

A little greater than a century in the past, self reliant thinkers throughout Asia sought to border a different highbrow culture that might encourage the continent's upward thrust to dominance. but this didn't come to cross, and this present day these thinkers―Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and sunlight Yat-sen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire―are visible as outsiders in the major anticolonial culture. yet as Pankaj Mishra demonstrates during this enchanting portrait of like minds, Asia's riot opposed to the West isn't the one led by way of faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants; relatively, it's rooted within the rules of those as soon as well known intellectuals. Now, while the ascendency of Asia turns out attainable as by no means earlier than, From the Ruins of Empire is as worthy because it is timely―a e-book necessary to our knowing of the area and our position in it.

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What about Asia?: Revisiting Asian Studies

As Asia has turn into extra favorite at the foreign scene in contemporary decades—economically, politically, and culturally—the scholarly self-discipline of Asian stories has grown commensurately. yet significant questions stay concerning the scope of the self-discipline and its ambitions. What approximately Asia? either surveys the present kingdom of the controversy on Asian reviews and indicates numerous fruitful instructions for destiny exploration, particularly by utilizing multiregional and interdisciplinary approaches.

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Towards a Sustainable Asia: Energy

This sequence of books are the output of the examine undertaking known as "Sustainable improvement in Asia (SDA)", which used to be initiated by way of the organization of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA). they're created from one synthesis document, which entitled "Towards a Sustainable Asia: eco-friendly Transition and Innovation", and 4 thematic stories on usual assets, power, the surroundings and weather switch, and tradition from specific views of agriculture.

They goal to: 1) examine universal sustainability concerns confronted through all Asian nations, together with inhabitants raise, poverty relief, pollutants keep watch over, ecological recovery, in addition to neighborhood difficulties, equivalent to water scarcity in West and significant Asia, strength defense in Northeast Asia, improvement version & transformation in East Asia; 2) learn and summarize of most sensible practices in the direction of sustainable improvement in Asia; three) deliver ahead feedback and coverage strategies for selling eco-friendly transition, approach innovation and sustainable improvement of Asia.

With most sensible perform guidance for a sustainable Asia, this sequence of stories, for the 1st time systematically tackle the typical demanding situations and neighborhood difficulties in regard to Asia’s average assets use, toxins aid and weather safety, sustainable power improvement, and options for environment-friendly and culture-compatible agriculture. they are going to supply convenient and necessary details to researchers, executive coverage makers and most of the people who've issues approximately Asia’s sustainable development.

AASA is a systematic and technological association in Asia, tested in 2000, comprising of 26 member academies all over the place Asia. Its imaginative and prescient is to supply a discussion board for the dialogue of all concerns appropriate to technological know-how and expertise improvement and its program on nationwide point inside Asia.

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Tai-Pan

By James Clavell


It is the early nineteenth century, whilst eu investors and adventurers first started to penetrate the forbidding chinese language mainland. And it really is during this intriguing time and unique position mammoth of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, units out to show the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable castle of British strength, and to make himself superb ruler…Tai-Pan!

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China

By David Eimer

In 1949, Mao Zedong introduced the delivery of the People’s Republic of China, a proclamation to the realm that, after centuries of struggle and social clash, China had emerged as one country. considering then, this concept has been propagated via declares of marches and mass demonstrations of team spirit, designed for the good thing about the overseas group. for plenty of dwelling within the big kingdom, in spite of the fact that, the outdated chinese language adage holds precise: "the mountains are excessive and the emperor is much away."

Bordered by means of fourteen international locations, China should be considered extra a continent than a rustic, and but it really is governed as one and handled so through political and fiscal commentators, who seek advice from a historically "Chinese" lifestyle. Few Westerners make it a ways past the most important towns, and the chinese language govt has made it tough to take action. David Eimer undertook a perilous trip to China’s unexplored frontiers, to the outer reaches the place Beijing's strength has little impression. His chronicle shines new mild at the world’s such a lot populous nation, displaying truly that China continues to be in lots of methods a divided state.

Traveling during the Islamic parts of Xinjiang province, into the forbidden quarter of Tibet and throughout course 219, which runs the tough boundary shared with India, the one disputed frontier in China, Eimer exposes the country’s internal clash. the entire tensions in China today--from its battle opposed to medicines and terrorism and the risky relationships it continues with Russia and Korea to its inner social issues--take on new which means while noticeable from China’s such a lot distant corners. The Emperor a long way Away is a superb melding of journalism and heritage and crucial examining for an individual attracted to modern China.

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Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961

By Christina Klein

Within the years following global battle II, American writers and artists produced a gradual movement of well known tales approximately american citizens residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for worldwide strength, prolonged its achieve into Asia to an remarkable measure. This ebook finds that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and spectacular methods. whereas such a lot cultural historians of the chilly battle have concerned about the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as considered one of overseas financial and political integration—a designated bankruptcy within the technique of U.S.-led globalization.

Through her research of a variety of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's trip essays and novel Hawaii, and Eisenhower's People-to-People Program—Klein indicates how U.S. coverage makers, including middlebrow artists, writers, and intellectuals, created a tradition of world integration that represented the expansion of U.S. energy in Asia because the forging of emotionally gratifying bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her publication enlarges Edward Said's suggestion of Orientalism to be able to deliver to gentle a cultural narrative approximately either family and overseas integration that also resonates today.

Reviews:

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years by means of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a e-book which is helping us to work out the full international via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum tune (2002)

"An terribly fascinating research of ‘Cold battle internationalism.’ Klein’s superb and resourceful interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly warfare order into today’s ethnically varied and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. worldwide expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard college, and writer, international Community

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years by way of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a booklet which is helping us to determine the entire global via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002) "An terribly attention-grabbing research of 'Cold battle internationalism.' Klein's great and innovative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly battle order into today's ethnically different and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. worldwide expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of historical past, Harvard collage, and writer, worldwide group

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Golden Earth: Travels In Burma

By Norman Lewis

Regardless of communist incursions and tribal rebellion, Norman Lewis describes a land of breathtaking traditional good looks peopled via the mild Burmese. it is a nation the place Buddhist trust spares even the rats, the place the Director of Prisons rates Chaucer and the place three-day theatrical exhibits are staged to have a good time a monk taking orders. Hitching lifts with the military and traveling retailers, Lewis is taken care of to hospitality at any place he stops during this war-torn land, and divulges a rustic the place 'the of the soul replaces that of the inventory marketplace as a subject for well mannered conversation'.

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Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire

By Christopher A. Bayly, Tim Harper

This striking e-book is a shiny, hugely unique account of the construction of a brand new Asia after the second one global battle - an unstoppable wave of nationalism that swept the British Empire apart. It tells the definitive tale of ways India, Pakistan, Burma and Malaysia got here into life and the way British interference in Vietnam and Indonesia fatally formed these countries' futures.

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