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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
Written by Stephen R. Platt


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47221-2 (0-307-47221-3)

Winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in History

A gripping account of China’s nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of massive and often gruesome battles—a sweeping yet intimate portrait of the conflict that shaped the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Travels of Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Written by Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Introduction by Colin Thubron


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26913-3 (0-307-26913-2)

Now in a handsome and newly revised hardcover edition: the extraordinary travelogue that has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries.

Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of the splendid cities and people he encountered on his journey along the Silk Road through the Middle East, South Asia, and China opened a window for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5011-8 (0-8070-5011-3)

Selected as One of the Village Voice’s Favorite 25 Books of 2001

In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical... Read more >

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The Poorer Nations
A Possible History of the Global South
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-158-9 (1-78168-158-9)

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to build political movements... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Confucius Lives Next Door
What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West
Written by T.R. Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77760-1 (0-679-77760-1)

Those who've heard T. R. Reid's weekly commentary on National Public Radio or read his far-flung reporting in National Geographic or  The Washington Post know him to be trenchant, funny, and cutting-edge, but also erudite and deeply grounded in whatever subject he's discussing. In Confucius Lives Next Door he brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee
Observations on Not Fitting In
Written by Paisley Rekdal


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70855-8 (0-375-70855-3)

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of personal essay and travelogue, Rekdal journeys throughout Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Uphold the World
A Call for a New Global Ethic from Ancient India
Written by Bruce Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0613-9 (0-8070-0613-0)

In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka’s world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who... Read more >
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Fast Boat to China
High-Tech Outsourcing and the Consequences of Free Trade: Lessons from Shanghai
Written by Andrew Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9554-4 (1-4000-9554-9)

Most Americans today are aware that jobs are being outsourced to China, India, and other nations at an alarming rate. From factory jobs to white-collar, high-tech positions, the exporting of labor is one of the most controversial issues in America.

Yet few people know much about the other end — about the... Read more >
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Iwo Jima
Legacy of Valor
Written by Bill D. Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74288-5 (0-394-74288-5)

Ross's hour-by-hour account of the largest and most brutal assault ever conducted by the Marine Corps is "written with just the right reserve, the right absence of hostility or prejudice" (Henry Steele Commager). Read more >

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Living Shrines of Uyghur China
Photographs by Lisa Ross
Written by Lisa Ross


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-350-6 (1-58093-350-5)

Lisa Ross’s ethereal photographs of Islamic holy sites were created over the course of a decade on journeys to China’s Xinjiang region in Central Asia, historically a cultural crossroads but an area to which artists and researchers have generally been denied access since its annexation in 1949. These monumental images show... Read more >

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Midnight's Children
A Novel
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7653-3 (0-8129-7653-3)

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Japanese Masterworks from the Price Collection

Edited by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-258-4 (1-58834-258-1)

This lavishly illustrated volume of Japanese masterpieces from the Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, widely recognized as one of the finest private collections of Edo-period art in the world, features 225 full-color and 114 black-and-white images representing the rich aesthetic diversity that characterized the Edo period. At the collection’s core are... Read more >

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Orientalism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1979
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74067-6 (0-394-74067-X)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Updated with a new Afterword in 1994. In this acclaimed and now-classic work, Said examines the way in which the West has discovered, invented, and sought to control the East. Orientalism is a subtle and far-reaching critique of the attitudes that the West has traditionally assumed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kiyo's Story
A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream
Written by Kiyo Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-866-0 (1-56947-866-X)

Kiyo’s father arrived in California determined to plant his roots in the land of opportunity after leaving Japan. He, his wife, and their nine American-born children labored in the fields together, building a successful farm. Yet at the outbreak of World War II, Kiyo’s family was ordered to Poston Internment Camp... Read more >
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The Honda Myth: The Genius and His Wake

Written by Masaaki Sato


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: December 19, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-932234-26-8 (1-932234-26-8)

Winner of the Ohya Award

From the top Japanese auto-industry journalist comes this inimatably informed account of Honda Motor Company's birth out of the ashes of World War II and subsequent rise.

Honda was the brainchild of two very different men. One, a genius engineer who never went to college but became... Read more >

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The China Reader
The Reform Era
Edited by Orville Schell and David Shambaugh


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76387-1 (0-679-76387-2)

Perhaps no nation in recent history has undergone as total a transformation as China has in the past twenty-five years. For Chinese leaders, the death of Mao Zedong, the rise of Deng Xiaoping, and unprecedented economic growth have spawned new complexities. For the country’s 1.3 billion citizens, changes have been equally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Discos and Democracy
China in the Throes of Reform
Written by Orville Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 22, 1989
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26187-6 (0-385-26187-X)

In this arresting chronicle of one tumultuous year in China's love-hate relationship with the West, Orville Schell brings us a revealing analysis of the Chinese reform movement. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Encyclopedia Japanese Pop Culture

Written by Mark Schilling


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Weatherhill
On Sale: May 1, 1997
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8348-0380-0 (0-8348-0380-1)

In the West, Japanese culture comes in the form of Power Rangers, Godzilla movies, and Sanrio products, but of course the indigenous pop culture is much richer. Rather than focus on what the rest of the world has already encountered, Mark Schilling provides an encyclopedic compendium of books, movies, music, comedians... Read more >

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Dragon Lady
The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Written by Sterling Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73369-0 (0-679-73369-8)

In a compelling reassessment of history,  Seagrave shows how Empress Tzu Hsi, also known as the "Dragon Lady," achieved legendary status.  She seduced and murdered her way to power in 1861 and was largely a creation of rumor, vendetta, phobia, and diary fantasy on the part of imperialist biographers of her day. It... Read more >

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The Yamato Dynasty
The Secret History of Japan's Imperial Family
Written by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0497-1 (0-7679-0497-4)

The history of the world’s longest-reigning dynasty is revealed in this exposé of the Yamato Dynasty of Japan. Past events of the imperial rule, Japan’s relationship with the United States, and the modern role of the Dynasty are examined in this comprehensive look at the workings of the Japanese elite. The... Read more >

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6806-4 (0-8129-6806-9)

"A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China."
Kirkus Reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of... Read more >

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AIDS Sutra
Untold Stories from India
Foreword by Amartya Sen


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45472-0 (0-307-45472-X)

In this groundbreaking anthology, sixteen renowned writers tell the hidden story of the AIDS crisis, illuminating the complex nature of one of the major problems facing the developing world.

India is home to almost 3 million HIV cases, but AIDS is still stigmatized and shrouded in denial. Discrimination against HIV-affected individuals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From Heaven Lake
Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
Written by Vikram Seth


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75218-1 (0-394-75218-X)

After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University, Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey. Read more >

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Tiger's Heart
The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman
Written by Aisling Juanjuan Shen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-648-2 (1-56947-648-9)

Born to illiterate peasants, Aisling Juanjuan Shen was the first in her village to go to college. Assigned to a low-paying government job, she left for southern China to find success. Her story embodies the changes in China in recent decades.

“Heart-rending.”–Boston Herald

“Riveting. . . . All readers interested in... Read more >
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