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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Uprooted: A Vietnamese Family's Journey - 1935-1975

by David Lucas

The ancient Vietnamese life in which Tung was raised is being torn apart. It is not enough to work hard and grow rice anymore. Now every farmer in Mai Dong has to pick a side.

The French or the Communists.

"They are going to murder your father."

Intelligence, humility and graft made Que an honorable figure in Mai Dong. His values ensured the family's survival through famine and flood. They will not protect him against the Communists, who need class-enemy victims for their land reform campaign.

Tung becomes protector and provider for the family, who struggle to stick together as World War Two, the French Indochinese War, and the American War tear his country apart over forty years.

Vietnam becomes the battleground for th...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Travel
Size: 399 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 October 2019 onward  

Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order (Confucian Cultures)

by Roger T. Ames

In a single generation, the rise of Asia has precipitated a dramatic sea change in the world’s economic and political orders. This reconfiguration is taking place amidst a host of deepening global predicaments, including climate change, migration, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity, that cannot be resolved by purely technical means or by seeking recourse in a liberalism that has of late proven to be less than effective. The present work critically explores how the pan-Asian phenomenon of Confucianism offers alternative values and depths of ethical commitment that cross national and cultural boundaries to provide a new response to these challenges. When searching for resources to respond to the world’s problems, we tend to look to those that are most familiar: Single acto...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Other Eastern Religions, Religious Studies
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

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, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

Tae Kwon Do and Chang Moo Kwan: The Creation and Evolution

by Losik PhD, Len

Taekwondo and Chang Moo Kwan Creation, History and Evolution describes the founding of the Chang Moo Kwan Tang Soo Do and its many changes as it evolves from teaching Karate, Kwon Bup, Tang Soo Do and Chuan Fa styles to just Taekwondo and why it was one of the driving Kwans in the creation of government support of Tang Soo Do to become Taekwondo and Taekwondo's journey from the dirt floors in post Korean War Kwans to the beautiful Korean Kukkiwon and Tae Kwon Do in the 1988 Olympics. The author describes the life of the founder of the Chang Moo Kwan in Korea as a young boy and his family's decision to send him to Japan to college at the Nihon University and his exploits as a Korean student in an all Japanese college and Japanese Karate club his takeover of the college Karate club and ends ...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: 174 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

Tang Soo Do Chang Moo Kwan: The Creation and History

by Losik PhD, Len

Tang Soo Do Chang Moo Kwan is for the young student as well as the Master Instructor that wants an in-depth understanding of Tang Soo Do's journey from the teaching of Tang Soo Do at the Chang Moo Kwan along with the many other styles of Korea, Japan and China taught there. The author provides the story behind Chang Moo Kwan's creation, evolution and history of the first Korean Kwan created after the Colonial Japanese occupation of Korea ended, World War II ended and the U.S. military removed the colonial Japanese from Korea but Korea was on the brink of yet another war that brought trained and untrained American soldiers and civilians to the Chnag Moo Kwan. The Chang Moo Kwan wasn't the first Kwan allowed to open after the war or the first to use the name Tang Soo Do as one of its styles,...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult, Sport & Outdoors
Size: 158 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

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: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Sport, Individual Sports, Teen & Young Adult, Sport & Outdoors
Size: 266 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

A Gracious Enemy

by Michael Kramer

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Genre: History, Asia
Size: 402 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
3 reviews

Nationalism

by Rabindranath Tagore

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Ideologies
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India

by Danna Agmon

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 236 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, Politics & Social Sciences
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, International
Size: 284 pages
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Tughlaqabad Fort: Discover India | Photojournals (Monuments of Delhi Book 4)

by David Riley

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Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Travel
Size: 98 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Killing Korea: The Fight for Control of Korea

by Victor Maere

How two opposing sides killed Korea in an effort to save it.You surely have heard something about the Korean War. Or the Forgotten War as some call it.But do you really know all that happened?Have you heard the personal stories from the people who actually saw or did the fighting?If you haven't, you are in for a treat.While the war was among the shortest in history, it left an invisible mark - a divided Korea. And there's a lot that led to that. It wasn't just about the UN and South Korea fighting against North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union.You will: * Learn what UN soldiers did with Chinese corpses when it got cold. * Understand Japan's role in facilitating the war. * Know the real reason China got into the war despite being very scared of America. * Know why America got stung by und...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 53 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.10 / 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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Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions (Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific)

by Roald Maliangkay

Broken Voices is the first English-language book on Korea’s rich folksong heritage, and the first major study of the effects of Japanese colonialism on the intangible heritage of its former colony. Folksongs and other music traditions continue to be prominent in South Korea, which today is better known for its technological prowess and the Korean Wave of popular entertainment. In 2009, many Koreans reacted with dismay when China officially recognized the folksong Arirang, commonly regarded as the national folksong in North and South Korea, as part of its national intangible cultural heritage. They were vindicated when versions from both sides of the DMZ were included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity a few years later. At least on a nationa...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Music, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 264 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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History)

by Manuel Perez Garcia

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Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 352 pages
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The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Deborah L. Stein

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 Hegemony of Heritage makes an original and significant contribution to our understanding of how the relationship of architectural objects and societies to the built environment changes over time. Studying two surviving medieval monuments in southern Rajasthan—the Ambika Temple in Jagat and the Ékalingji Temple Complex in Kailaspuri—the author looks beyond their divergent sectarian affiliations and patronage structures to underscore many aspects of common practice. This book offers new and extremely valuable insights into these important monuments, illuminating the entangled politics of antiquity and revealing ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 312 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India (Myth and Poetics)

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women’s rituals, she looks at the relationship between the framework and organization of indigenous genres and the reception of folklore performance. The regional repertoire under examination presents a strikingly female-centered world. Female performers and characters are active, articulate, and frequently challenge or defy expectations of gender. Men also confound traditional gender roles. Flueckiger includes the translations of two full performance texts of narratives sung by fem...

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 424 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 October 2019 onward  

Te Ninden

by Wan-Cheung Yi

The Imjin War, 1592…

Korea’s Joseon Dynasty falls to myriads of samurai under the hand of the Japanese warlord Taiko-sama. Despite Japan’s victories, ninja master Ryo Uguisu witnesses a different type of war dominated by Korea on the seas. Trained in the Korean language, and charmed by Joseon’s luxuries, Ryo decides to defect from the Japanese army by disguising himself as a Korean. After dragging his birdwatching companion, a Korean-inarticulate blind martial artist, into his scheme, Ryo finds that the Korean and Japanese cultures aren’t all that similar. And to make things worse, the hordes of Taiko-sama always raze his potential homes.

How will the duo manage? How hard can playing Korean be? What of the Imjin War?

Find out in TE N...

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 820 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 October 2019 onward  

A Bowl for a Coin: A Commodity History of Japanese Tea

by William Wayne Farris

A Bowl for a Coin is the first book in any language to describe and analyze the history of all Japanese teas from the plant’s introduction to the archipelago around 750 to the present day. To understand the triumph of the tea plant in Japan, William Wayne Farris begins with its cultivation and goes on to describe the myriad ways in which the herb was processed into a palatable beverage, ultimately resulting in the wide variety of teas we enjoy today. Along the way, he traces in fascinating detail the shift in tea’s status from exotic gift item from China, tied to Heian (794–1185) court ritual and medicinal uses, to tax and commodity for exchange in the 1350s, to its complete nativization in Edo (1603–1868) art and literature and its eventual place on the table of every Japanese hou...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 248 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 October 2019 onward  

The Saburo Hasegawa Reader

by Matthew Kirsch

At publication date, 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.The Hasegawa Reader is an open access companion to the bilingual catalogue copublished with The Noguchi Museum to accompany an international touring exhibition, Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. The exhibition features the work of two artists who were friends and contemporaries: Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa. This volume is intended to give scholars and general readers access to a wealth of archival material and writings by and about Saburo Hasegawa. While Noguchi’s reputation as a preeminent American sculptor of the twentieth century only grows stronger,...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia
Size: 175 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward  

Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth: Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice

by Richard T. Ashcroft

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, UK, World, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Practical Politics
Size: 305 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward  

A Vietnamese Moses: Philiphe Binh and the Geographies of Early Modern Catholicism

by George E. Dutton

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.  A Vietnamese Moses is the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuits. Based on Binh’s surviving writings from his thirty-seven-year exile in Portugal, this book examines how the intersections of global and local Roman Catholic geographies shaped the lives of Vietnamese Christians in the early modern era. The book also argues that Binh’s mission to Portugal and his intense lobbying on behalf of his community reflected the agency of Vietnamese Catholics, who vigorously...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Dead Men Don't Bite: An Ennin Mystery #82

by Ben Stevens

A lunatic drives her country towards utter destruction.A short-story; a warning.''Seb Becker'' is the pseudonym of a very well-known author, who has had enough....

Genre: Fiction, Political, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Travel, Continental Europe, Dystopian
Size: 7 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 October 2019 onward  

THE ART OF PEACE: An Illustrated Biography about Prince Iyesato Tokugawa (Expanded Edition)

by Stan S. Katz

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Genre: History, Asia
Size: 66.12 mb
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The Empire of Japan viewed from the World history: This book enables you to win the debate with Chinese or Korean people concerning the Japanese modern history.

by Suan Maimoto

The content and aim of this book are roughly as follows.1. To understand the background of the imperialism established in the Great Powers (European nations, USA and Russia) who played the greedy competition of getting more and more colonies in all over the World in the 19th century.2. To clarify the reason that Japan, as the Empire of Japan, had to aim at becoming a member of the Great Powers as the only option. 3. To understand that the Jewish problem was deeply related with the process of the Empire of Japan becoming a member of the Great Powers.4. To understand that the imperialism by the Empire of Japan was based on the idea of Pan-Asianism and aimed to abolish the racial discrimination by the Great Powers of white people and establish the co-existence and co-prosperity of Asian count...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 311 pages
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omar ibn al-khattab

by ali muhammed

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab was the second Caliph of the Muslim Ummah and the first Muslim leader to be called the Commander of the Faithful. After the death of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his closest friend Abu Bakr became his successor and led the Muslims for around two years...

Genre: History, Asia
Size: 544 pages
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Rating: 4.50 / 5
40 reviews

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

by Lesley Downer

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Asia, Nonfiction
Size: 384 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

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: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 290 pages
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