Here is a selection of Asia-related books and publications (websites) I read or have read, and some films I have watched, more or less restricted to documentary films or works of nonfiction.


Currently reading:

too busy for reading!


A Concise History of the Modern World, by William Woodruff. 2005.

The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn. Film. 2012.

Age of Ambition: Chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the new China, by Evan Osnos. 2014.

Asian Cultural Traditions, by Carolyn Brown Heinz. 1999.

BBC World News. website.

Bushido: the soul of japan, by Inazo Nitobe. 1905.

China, its History and Culture, by W.S. Morton and C. Lewis, 4th edition. 2005.

Culture Shock! Japan, by Rex Shelley, 2nd edition. 1997.

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s rise threatens our natural world, by Craig Simons. 2013.

Frontline: Secret State of North Korea, witten and directed by J. Jones. Television episode. Jan. 14, 2014.

GaijinPot. website.

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka love thief, directed by Jake Clennell. Film. 2006.

The Hollow Doll: A little box of Japanese shocks, by William Bohnaker. 1990.

Ideals of the Samurai: The writings of Japanese warriors, by W. S. Wilson and G. Lee. 1982.

India: The definitive history, by D.R. SarDesai. 2008.

It’s a Girl: The three deadliest words in the world, directed by Evan Grae Davis. Film. 2012.

Japan After Japan: Social and cultural life from the recessionary 1990s to the present, by Tomoko Yoda and Harry Hartoonian, editors. 2006.

Japan: Its History and Culture, by W.S. Morton and J.K. Olenik, 4th edition. 2005.

The Japan Times. website.

The Japanese Have a Word for It: The complete guide to Japanese thought and culture, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. 1997.

Kyoto: a cultural history, by John Dougill. 2006.

Kyoto: Seven paths to the heart of the city, by Diane Dursten and Katsuhiko Mizuno. 2002.

Love Hotel, directed by Philip Cox and Hikaru Toda. Film. 2014.

The Modern History of Japan, by W.G. Beasley, 3rd edition. 1982.

Old Kyoto: a short social history, by John Lowe. 2000.

Orientalism, by Edward Said. 1978.

People Who Eat Darkness: The true story of a young woman who vanished from the streets of Tokyo—and the evil that swallowed her up, by Richard Lloyd Parry. 2010.

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria. 2009.

The Power of Babel: A natural history of language, by John McWhorter. 2003.

Pray for Japan, directed by Stuart J. Levy. Film. 2012.

RocketNews24. website.

Seeing Kyoto, by Juliet Winters Carpenter. 2005.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, secrecy, and the end of the republic, by Chalmers Johnson. 2004.

Sources of Chinese Tradition: From earliest times to 1600, compiled by William Theodore De Bary and Irene Bloom, 2nd edition. 1999.

Tofugu. website.

Tokyo Vice: An american reporter on the police beat in Japan, by Jake Adelstein. 2009.

Up the Yangtze, written and directed by Yung Chang. Film. 2007.

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula. 1974.


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