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Reading Place Names.
The Colonial City.
Chapter 2. Environments and People.
The Pacific Ring of Fire.
Riches of the Tropical Forests.
Plants, Animals, and Medicine.
Fate of the Tiger.
Chapter 3. Population, Gender, and Disparity.
Thinking and Acting Collectively.
Personal Experiences with Health Care in Asia.
Sri Lanka’s Success in Education and Health.
The Saga of Srey Rath.
Chapter 4. Development, Urbanization, Migration, and Quality of Life.
The Virtual Receptionist.
Chapter 5. Agriculture, Food, and Food Security.
Rice and Society.
Vitamin A and Blindness.
Chapter 6. South Asia: Creating Dilemmas of Diversity.
Monsoon and Life Cycles.
Women: Subjugation and Sati.
Elephants and Chess.
Gandhi: Great Soul.
Chapter 7. South Asia: Pakistan and the Himalayan States.
Language and Nationalism.
The Village Agricultural Center (VAC).
Violence in Karachi.
“Gross National Happiness”.
Chapter 8. South Asia: India, Giant of the Subcontinent.
Kerala—a Women’s State?
Demise of the Jajmani System.
Why Waste Waste?
The Digital Village.
Mrs. Hiyale—the Rag-Picker.
Ganga Ma Is Sick.
Chapter 9. South Asia: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Islands of the Indian Ocean.
The Sunderbans and the Tiger.
Changing Female Activity Space.
Women Working Outside the Home?
Tea: The Global Beverage.
Chapter 10. East Asia: Center of the World.
The Ways of Writing Chinese.
The Terra-Cotta Army.
Feng Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement.
The Golden Lotus.
The Doctrine of Extraterritoriality.
Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace.
Guerilla Behavior and Tactics.
Chapter 11. China: Great Dragon Rising.
“Open Up the West”.
Cars, Cell Phones, and the Web.
Shanghai: Head of the Dragon.
The Global Sweater Factory.
A Spark of Light at Rizhao.
Chapter 12. Japan: Century 21.
A City that Wants Immigrants.
Ashio’s Declining Fortunes.
The Yakuza Network.
Chapter 13. Korea and Taiwan: Tigers Rising.
Travel in Dear Leader’s Land.
The Development of Cheju (Jeju-do).
Chapter 14. Southeast Asia: Transition among the Nagas.
Bali’s Subak Irrigation.
Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.
The Spice Islands.
The Dutch Cultivation (Culture) System.
A Bitter Battle: French Indochina.
The Spread of Disease.
Chapter 15. Mainland Southeast Asia: Turmoil and Peace.
The Demise of Teak.
Rules of SLORC/SPDC.
Inle Lake’s Floating Agriculture.
What’s a Wat?
New Theory Farming.
The Plain of Jars.
The Killing Fields.
Chapter 16. Insular Southeast Asia.
The Proton Saga.
The Chainsaw Massacre.
Recommended Web Sites.
Posted December 12, 2013
This is a delicious read that visually walks the reader through initial topical chapters followed by detailed regional exploration. Landforms, cultural insights, and a good balance of history and current issues synthesize a great body of knowledge that will satisfy an educated traveler. I wish a book like this was available when I took Chinese history in college. I would comment that the author has a bit of a feminist viewpoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.