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  • Alexander, Garth
    THE INVISIBLE CHINA: The Overseas Chinese and the Politics of Southeast Asia

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on 4 years of study of the Chinese who live in Southeast Asia. 264 pgs, photographs, index, bibliography. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36544
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  • KIET GOES WEST by Alexander, Gary
    Alexander, Gary
    KIET GOES WEST

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A Superintendent Bamsan Kiet mystery - one which finds him freezing in Seattle in July. SIGNED on the title page. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-312-07851X.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 12479
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  • KIET GOES WEST by Alexander, Gary
    Alexander, Gary
    KIET GOES WEST

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A Superintendent Bamsan Kiet mystery - one which finds him freezing in Seattle in July. SIGNED on the title page. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-312-07851X.

    Condition: Fine in a very good dustjacket with one small chip to the upper edge of the front cover (book appears unread.).

    Book ID: 12480
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  • VIETNAM PERSPECTIVEs, Volume 1, Number 2, November 1965. by American Friends of Vietnam
    American Friends of Vietnam
    VIETNAM PERSPECTIVEs, Volume 1, Number 2, November 1965.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: American Friends of Vietnam, Inc. 1965. First edition - Pro Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) academic journal, with articles including George Tanham's "The Communist challenge in the provinces;" Charles Joiner's "Administration and political warfare in the highlands;" "Asian Leaders Speak" and "Why New Zealand aids South Vietnam." 56 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red and black printed stapled wrappers.

    Book ID: 55356
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  • PIECING EARTH & SKY TOGETHER: A Creation Story from the Mien Tribe of Laos. by Day, Nancy Raines; Genna Panzarella, illustrator.
    Day, Nancy Raines; Genna Panzarella, illustrator.
    PIECING EARTH & SKY TOGETHER: A Creation Story from the Mien Tribe of Laos.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Shens Book, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling of a traditional tale by Day, illustrated in full color by Genna Panzarella - "Two siblings create earth and sky with needle and thread. At first, they compete with one another, embroidering in secret. However, when the brother's shimmering sky turns out to be too small for the sister's abundant earth, they must work together to find a solution. The results are depicted in a lavish double spread, enlarged by flaps, showing an Edenic Cambodian rain forest, rich in animal life. Cast within the frame of a story told by a grandmother while she and her small granddaughter stitch together, the tale is attributed by the…

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    San Francisco: Shens Book, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling of a traditional tale by Day, illustrated in full color by Genna Panzarella - "Two siblings create earth and sky with needle and thread. At first, they compete with one another, embroidering in secret. However, when the brother's shimmering sky turns out to be too small for the sister's abundant earth, they must work together to find a solution. The results are depicted in a lavish double spread, enlarged by flaps, showing an Edenic Cambodian rain forest, rich in animal life. Cast within the frame of a story told by a grandmother while she and her small granddaughter stitch together, the tale is attributed by the author to older members of the Mien community from the Laotian Handcraft Project of Berkeley, CA" (School Library Journal review) Includes an author's note explaining the importance of embroidery to this culture, and pictures of traditional stitches. SIGNED by the author on the first page. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 1-885008198.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76833
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  • STORY CLOTHS OF BALI. by Fischer, Joseph.
    Fischer, Joseph.
    STORY CLOTHS OF BALI.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first major study of an unusual group of Balinese embroideries - the "story cloths" which are used as ritual decorations and offerings in Balinese and Hindu temples, household ancestor shrines, and village ceremonial buildings - this includes over 200 examples from the author's own collection, depicted in full color. Discusses the various stitching techniques employed for each piece, how to determine the skill level of specific stitches, and the cultural significance of each textile. Includes a glossary of important Balinese characters and terms, bibliography and index. Large format, printed on heavy glossy stock throughout. A beautiful book. 144 pp. ISBN: 1-58008-4877.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 34758
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  • LUCKY GIRLS. by Freudenberger, Nell.
    Freudenberger, Nell.
    LUCKY GIRLS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ecco Press, (2003.). First edition - The author's first book, a collection of five novella-like stories, winner of PEN/Malamud Award. Each of the stories, set in Southest Asia and on the Indian Subcontinent, narrated by young women who find themselves, often as expatriates by accident, living and loving according to unfamiliar rules. Cover praise from Richard Ford who states "Every story in this remarkable collection reveals the emergence of a truly prodigious talent." 225 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 41230
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  • BREATHING WATER. by Hallinan, Timothy.
    Hallinan, Timothy.
    BREATHING WATER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2009) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller featuring travel writer and American ex-pat Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand. INSCRIBED on the title page. Author's note. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-0061672231.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (light toning)

    Book ID: 77756
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  • BREATHING WATER. by Hallinan, Timothy.
    Hallinan, Timothy.
    BREATHING WATER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2009) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller featuring travel writer and American ex-pat Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-0061672231.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63336
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  • FOURTH WATCHER. by Hallinan, Timothy.
    Hallinan, Timothy.
    FOURTH WATCHER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller featuring travel writer and American ex-pat Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 312 pp. ISBN: 978-0061672231.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder dot)

    Book ID: 67027
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  • BREATHING WATER. by Hallinan, Timothy.
    Hallinan, Timothy.
    BREATHING WATER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2009) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Thriller featuring travel writer and American ex-pat Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-0061672231.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68733
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  • A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART. by Hallinan, Timothy.
    Hallinan, Timothy.
    A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2007) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first thriller featuring travel writer Poke Rafferty and set in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to finding trouble, Poke is also setting up his unorthodox family as he has fallen deeply in love with former bar girl, Rose, and is in the process of adopting an eight-year old street child. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 328 pp. ISBN: 978-0061255809.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72091
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  • THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: A Journey at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century. by Kaplan, Robert D.
    Kaplan, Robert D.
    THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: A Journey at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - In the tradition of Freya Stark and Rebecca West, this is an account of the author's travels "from the countries of West Africa and the fundamentalist enclaves of Egypt and Iran to the culturally explosive lands of Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia with hardly more than a notebook and a backpack. The result is an intimate portrait of the devastated parts of the world whose cultural disasters - like those in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Chechnya - will dominate our attention and remake the world of tomorrow." Events in the 20 years since this book was first published only underscore the importance of understanding these regions and the…

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    New York: Random House, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - In the tradition of Freya Stark and Rebecca West, this is an account of the author's travels "from the countries of West Africa and the fundamentalist enclaves of Egypt and Iran to the culturally explosive lands of Central Asia, India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia with hardly more than a notebook and a backpack. The result is an intimate portrait of the devastated parts of the world whose cultural disasters - like those in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Chechnya - will dominate our attention and remake the world of tomorrow." Events in the 20 years since this book was first published only underscore the importance of understanding these regions and the hopes and fears of those who live in them. Maps, bibliography, index. xiv, 476 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-679431489.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67147
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  • LETTERS OF A JAVANESE PRINCESS. by Kartini Raden Adjeng (1879-1904) Preface By Eleanor Roosevelt; Hildred Geertz, editor.
    Kartini Raden Adjeng (1879-1904) Preface By Eleanor Roosevelt; Hildred Geertz, editor.
    LETTERS OF A JAVANESE PRINCESS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: University Press of America / The Asia Society, (1985). Includes a preface by Eleanor Roosevelt in which she notes that although Kartini died young (at age 24, a few days after the birth of her son), with her letters, which give some insight into the lives of a people ruled at the time by Dutch, she was able to reach millions of Javanese. Through her writings she became a spokesman for the liberation and education of women. Edited and with an Introduction By Hildred Geertz. Translated from the Dutch by Agnes Louis Symmers. 246 pp. ISBN: 0-819147583.

    Condition: Good overall - some scattered underlining and marginal notations.

    Book ID: 84054
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  • SHALLOW GRAVES: Two Women and Vietnam. by Larsen, Wendy Wilder, and Tran Thi Nga.
    Larsen, Wendy Wilder, and Tran Thi Nga.
    SHALLOW GRAVES: Two Women and Vietnam.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1986.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - INSCRIBED on the half title page by author Wendy Larsen and dated in the year of publication. An uncommon book about Vietnam and the war - a poetic collaboration by two women, one American, one Vietnamese - Wendy Larsen, an American teacher who traveled to Vietnam in 1970 when her journalist husband was covering the war in Vietnam, and Tran Thi Nga, a Vietnamese bookkeeper whom she met there and who was reunited with Larsen in New York after Nga was forced to flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. Map, glossary, chronology, sources. 291 pp. ISBN: 0-394549856.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 41864
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  • SECRET AGENT. by Mathews, Francine.
    Mathews, Francine.
    SECRET AGENT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second thriller written under her own name, by this former CIA analyst, a novel inspired by the mystery of Jim Thompson, a "legendary American" who settled in Thailand in 1945, and disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia in 1967. SIGNED on the title page. Afterword by the author. 405 pp. ISBN: 0-553-109138.

    Condition: Very good in a fine dust jacket (slightly over-opened before title page).

    Book ID: 66943
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  • SECRET AGENT. by Mathews, Francine.
    Mathews, Francine.
    SECRET AGENT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second thriller written under her own name, by this former CIA analyst, a novel inspired by the mystery of Jim Thompson, a "legendary American" who settled in Thailand in 1945, and disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia in 1967. SIGNED on the title page. Map. Afterword by the author. 405 pp. ISBN: 0-553-109138.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 77237
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  • THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA. by Metzl, Jamie.
    Metzl, Jamie.
    THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2004) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a thriller ranging from the Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai border to the world of politics and intrigue in Washington, D. C. Samantha Powers commented that Metlz is "the rare novelist who can draw upon realworld experiences as both an aidworker and a White House official. . . [this is] a gripping and vivid thriller that leads readers on a trail of gun-running, Cold War intrigue, betrayal, and moral ambiguity. Metzl reminds us that the costs of U.S. interventions and retreats are lived one individual at a time." 244 p. ISBN: 0-31232202X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85067
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  • THE COLUMBIA DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. by Odo, Franklin, editor.
    Odo, Franklin, editor.
    THE COLUMBIA DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Columbia University Press, (2002) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes original source documents from the first Naturalization Act in 1790 that banned nonwhite immigrants from citizenship through 2001 with commentary placing each in context. Index 590 pp. ISBN: 0-231110308.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (a new copy but with some sunning to the spine of the dj)

    Book ID: 63349
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  • THE GIFTS OF WALI DAD: A Tale of India and Pakistan. by San Souci, Daniel, illustrator; retold by Aaron Shepard.
    San Souci, Daniel, illustrator; retold by Aaron Shepard.
    THE GIFTS OF WALI DAD: A Tale of India and Pakistan.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling of a humorous folk-tale from the Punjab, in which the gifts get ever more and more extravagant. Illustrated in full color by Daniel San Souci. INSCRIBED on the title page by San Souci, and dated in the year of publication. Oblong format. Unpaginated. ISBN: 0-684194457.

    Condition: Good overall in a near fine dust jacket (the upper corner of the next-to-last leaf has been torn off, otherwise the book is in very good condition in glossy illustrated boards.)

    Book ID: 79855
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  • THE LITTLE KINGDOM. by Stieglitz, Perry.
    Stieglitz, Perry.
    THE LITTLE KINGDOM.

    Edition: First printing.

    Armonk, New York & London: M. E. Sharpe, Inc. (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which is a combination of the history of Laos from 1959-1984, travelogue, diary and love story. From Publishers Weekly: the author "recounts the tragedy of a gentle people caught up in factional conflicts led by three Lao princes. He records the chaotic history of Laos in its last years and the struggle by shaky coalitions representing outside interests to maintain the country's independence and neutrality prior to the communist takeover in 1975. A keen, sympathetic observer, the author evokes the storybook charm of the former French colony as he quotes letters written home during his romantic courtship of and subsequent marriage to…

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    Armonk, New York & London: M. E. Sharpe, Inc. (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which is a combination of the history of Laos from 1959-1984, travelogue, diary and love story. From Publishers Weekly: the author "recounts the tragedy of a gentle people caught up in factional conflicts led by three Lao princes. He records the chaotic history of Laos in its last years and the struggle by shaky coalitions representing outside interests to maintain the country's independence and neutrality prior to the communist takeover in 1975. A keen, sympathetic observer, the author evokes the storybook charm of the former French colony as he quotes letters written home during his romantic courtship of and subsequent marriage to one of the princes' daughters. He also depicts a bewildering, multinational cast of characters, including Americans who, according to the policies of successive administrations, alternately supported the kingdom or speeded its downfall." Map frontispiec, photographs, index. 227 pp. ISBN: 0-873326172.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 66878
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  • TIGERBONE WINE (Poems) by Tham, Hilary.
    Tham, Hilary.
    TIGERBONE WINE (Poems)

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, (1992). First edition - A collection of poems by this writer, born in Malaysia,who brings different cultural perspectives to her writing about courage and people and their relationships. Illustrated by Jamaliah Morais. 85 pp. ISBN: 0-894107283.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78502
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  • CHINA IN THE MORNING: Impressions of a journey through China and Indo-China. by Wollaston, Nicholas.
    Wollaston, Nicholas.
    CHINA IN THE MORNING: Impressions of a journey through China and Indo-China.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Roy Publishers, (c. 1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - As an independent journalist, Wollaston traveled through Communist China, observing both the rapid progress the country was making and the drastic oppression and lack of freedom, and then he traveled through North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, down the Mekong, and ending his journey at Angkor Wat. An interesting picture of the contrast between China and Southeast Asia in the years immediately preceding the Vietnam War. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Maps. 208 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, slight spine slant, in a very good unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68246
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