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ARMCHAIR TRAVELER: Books about Asia

 
 
Noddy24
 
Reply Sat 6 Nov, 2004 01:49 pm
This thread is devoted to books on Asian culture and travel in both the Near and Far East.

I'm currently reading Suketu Mehta's Maxium City: Bombay Lost and Found. Mehta is an international Indian with a love for his native land, glories and faults.

Did you know that more people live in Bombay than in all of Australia?
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Reply Sat 6 Nov, 2004 10:26 pm
I'm currently reading The River At The Centre Of The World by Simon Winchester which is combination of a diary of a journey up the Yangtze and an exploration of Chinese history. The Chinese innate assumption of their cultural superiority is a little worrying but it is never the less an illuminating read.

You get a very narrow view of history through your average parochial education system. Books make up for that a bit.
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Reply Sun 7 Nov, 2004 01:16 pm
Hingehead--

Sounds interesting. I'm going to check at my library.
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