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1 Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People Zia, Helen - FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR
New York Farrar Straus & Giroux 2000 0374147744 / 9780374147747 1st Edition/3rd Printing Hard Copy Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed By Author
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2000. 1st edition/3rd printing. Inscribed by author on title page as follows: "For John - Thanks for your masterful moderation of the Japan Society!" Best wishes, Helen Zia". (Note: Given that the author lives in San Francisco, this may be an inscription to John R. Thomas who is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of Northern California.) Book is in Near Fine condition - top, bottom and fore edges of pages have some light discoloration. Dust jacket is in Near Fine condition. From the publisher: "This groundbreaking book traces the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the events that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans." Gift wrap and gift card available. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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2 Chinese Eunuchs: The Structure of Intimate Politics Mitamura, Taisuke
Rutland, VT, U.S.A. C.E. Tuttle Co 1970 0804806535 / 9780804806534 First Edition/Stated First Printing Hard Copy Near Fine Near Fine 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
C. E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, VT, 1970. First Edition/Stated First Printing. Translated by Charles A. Pomeroy. Book is in Near Fine condition - tiny tear at rear edge of spine. Dust jacket is in Near Fine condition - bottom of front flap is clipped (though top of flap, which shows price, is unclipped). 
Price: 13.75 USD
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3 Coming Down Again Balaban, John - INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR
New York, New York, U.S.A. Simon & Schuster 1989 0671675370 / 9780671675370 1st Fireside Edition/1st Printing Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed By Author
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989. Softcover. Inscribed by author on title page as follows: "for Robert, bugs + mosquitos, John Balaban" 1st Fireside Edition/1st printing. Book is in Very Good condition: light edge and corner wear. From the rear cover: "Adrift at the end of the Vietnam War, Paul Roberts and his girlfriend are arrested at the Burmese-Thai border, becoming part of a grisly contest played out by opium warlords, corrupt Border Patrol Police, and two black AWOL GIs. In the intrigue and jungle chase that result, the Vietnam War is re-created, especially when a regiment of North Vietnamese joins the skirmish. Transcening an adventure story, John Balaban's lyric prose conjures beautiful and frightening images, evoking the smell and feel of the Southeast Asian jungle as well as the complex politics of the opium trade." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies Rupp, Katherine
Stanford, CA, U.S.A. Stanford University Press 2003 0804747032 / 9780804747035 1st Edition/1st Printing Hard Copy Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed By Author
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2003. Inscribed by author on front free end page as follows: "30 September 2003 Dear Mimi, Thank you for going to the mat for me! Best, Kathy". 1st edition/1st printing. Book is in Fine condition. Dust jacket is in Near Fine condition. From the publisher: "Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan. Gift-Giving in Japan is based on eighteen months' fieldwork in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as short-term research in other parts of Japan. The core of the study is the experience of family representatives of different ages, classes, genders, occupations, neighborhoods, and religions. The author also interviewed experts, including the author of gift-giving etiquette books, Buddhist and Shinto priests, department store and funeral home employees, and workers at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. She participated in neighborhood festivals, election rallies, house-building rites, and other ceremonies of which gift-giving was an integral part. Recent anthropological interest in drawing a strong contrast between commodities and gifts both reflects and reinforces the conception of the gift as part of the giver and the related distinction between the realm of the gift and the realm of the marketplace. The author argues that Japanese practices of giving and receiving challenge assumptions related to this idea of the gift." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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5 Kaikodo Journal: In the Company of Spirits Spring 1999 
Hong Kong Kaikodo 1999 9627956163 / 9789627956167 Soft Cover Very Good+ 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Kaikodo, Hong Kong, 1999. Soft cover. Book is in Very Good+ condition: light rubbing on edges; crease in onionskin page that precedes the title page; binding is tight and square, and pages are clean and bright; not ex-library. This book is the catalog of an exhibition held between 3/16/99 and 4/17/99 at the Kaikodo gallery in New York. The catalog has descriptions and illustrations of 30 Chinese paintings; 11 Japanese paintings, and 32 other works of art. Extensive descriptions of each work of art and illustration of each, mostly with full-page color plates. The book includes 4 essays: Howard Rogers "In Search of Enlightenment"; James Cahill "The Emperor's Erotica (Ching Yuan Chai so-shih II) "; Anita Chung "The Life, Art, and Travels of Xugu (1823-1896)"; Arnold Chang "After the Age of Auction: Chinese Paintings in New York". Because of the heavy weight of this book, Priority Mail and international mailing cost will be higher; contact us for more information. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Little Oh - COLOR POSTER (NOT A BOOK), Melmed, Laura Krauss - LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
6 Little Oh - COLOR POSTER (NOT A BOOK) Melmed, Laura Krauss - LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
New York, New York, U.S.A. Lothrop Lee & Shepard 1997 Limited Edition Very Good+ LaMarche, Jim Signed by Author and Illustrator
This is not a book. It is the poster (signed, limited edition) that was issued by the publisher in connection with the publication of the book. The poster is signed by both the author, Laura Krauss Melmed, and the illustrator, Jim LaMarche. The bottom left corner of the front of the poster states that it is number 146 of 500 copies that were signed by the author and illustrator. This beautifully designed glossy color poster is in Very Good+ condition: very light wear; slight wrinkling at a couple of places on the edge; no folds; no pinholes. Photograph available. It measures 24" wide by 18" high and is a full bleed (i.e., no border). 
Price: 35.00 USD
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7 Masterpieces of Japanese Prints: The European Collections Ukiyo-e from the Victoria and Albert Museum Faulkner, Rupert
Kodansha International 1991 4770016131 / 9784770016133 Stated 1st Edition/1st Printing Hard Copy Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Kodansha International, 1991. Book is in Fine condition. Dust jacket is in Near Fine condition: slight shelf wear; no tears or chips. From the dust jacket: "The present volume highlights over 130 outstanding examples from the vast holdings of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Strikingly original and sumptuously colored, the ukiyo-e in these pages recapture the spirit of the period in which they were created. Here can be found the glamorous courtesans of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, the flamboyant vigor of kabuki theater, and the eloquence and drama of Japanese landscape." Book has 152 pages of which 95 pages consist of color plates. 
Price: 32.00 USD
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8 Misiem Yipintsoi: Retrospective 1949-1976 Yipintsoi, Misiem
Bangkok, Thailand Craftsman Press 1976 Soft Cover Very Good+ No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Kesjamrus, Poon, Photographer 
Craftman Press, Bangkok, 1976. Soft cover (with very firm covers). Book is in Very Good+ condition: corner wear; binding is tight and square, and pages are clean and bright. Not ex-library. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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9 Songs of a Cowherd Ito, Sachio
Boston, MA U.S.A. Marshall Jones Co. 1936 Stated 1st Edition Hard Copy Very Good+ No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Signed by Translator
Marshall Jones Co., Boston, 1936. Signed by translator Shio Sakanishi on the front free end page with the date Nov., 1936. Stated 1st edition. 74 pages. Book is in Very Good+ condition: spine very slightly cocked; corner wear; binding is tight, and pages are clean. Modern Japanese Poets Series volume 3. This is a book of poetry by Sachio Ito, and includes a 19-page introduction, probably by the translator. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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10 Tales from the Panchatantra Clark, Leonard, Retold By
London, U. K. Evans Brothers Ltd. 1979 0237449390 / 9780237449391 First Edition/First Printing Hard Copy Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Roy, Jeroo 
Evans Brothers Ltd., London, 1979. 1st edition/1st printing. Book is in Near Fine condition: binding and hinges are tight and square; pages are clean and bright. Dust jacket is in Very Good+ condition: some slight cover and edge wear; rear flap has a little bubbling; no tears or chips; not price-clipped; crisp. A lovely copy. Illustrated by Jeroo Roy. From the dust jacket: "The Panchatantra is a classic collection of Indian folk tales. Here they have been especially retold for children by Leonard Clark. Jeroo Roy's illustrations brilliantly capture the enchantment of India and the fascinating characters depicted in these stories." 
Price: 18.50 USD
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11 The Obstinate Illusion: A Historical Novel of China and America, 1920-1950 Bartlett, Robert M.
Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Robert Bartlett 1991 0914339346 / 9780914339342 First Edition Hard Copy Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed By Author
Robert Bartlett, Plymouth, 1991. Inscribed by author on front free end page as follows: "To Editor Wiseman Seeker for lux et veritas". Laid in is a typed and signed letter from the author that reads as follows: "August 23, 1991 Dear Editor: Wiseman: I am enclosing a copy of my new book on China, hoping that the alumni magazine may mention it. Yale has had important contacts in China and I hope that we can reestablish some of them. Sincerely yours, [signed] Robert M. Bartlett". Below that on the letter in what appears to be another handwriting is "Yale Divinity 1924". (Note: Until recently, Carter Wiseman was Editor of the Yale Alumni Magazine.) Book is in Very Good+ condition: pages are a little wavy. Dust jacket is in Very Good+ condition: slight rubbing on edge; two light scratches; no chips or tears; not price clipped. A label affixed to the rear of the dust jacket says, "The Obstinate Illusion is an evocative love letter to a world that has vanished - China in the 1920s and 1930s with all the passion, color, strife, and beauty of a unique period of China's turbulent history. The narrative proceeds inevitably to the emergence of Communist rule. The tale is an irrestible tour de force. - Harrison E. Salisbury" 
Price: 16.00 USD
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12 The War Cradle: The Untold Story of Operation Babylift Peck-Barnes, Shirley - 1ST EDITION SIGNED BY AUTHOR
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Vintage Pressworks 2000 0970688407 / 9780970688408 Special Edition/1st Printing Soft Cover Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Vintage Pressworks, Denver, 2000. Signed by author on title page (flat-signed, which means that only the author's signature appears; there is no inscription to any person). Special Edition/1st printing. Soft cover. Book is in Very Good+ condition: slight creasing at corners; apparently unread (spine has no creasing); binding is tight and pages are clean and bright. From the rear cover: "Lost...Starving...Unwanted...they were the thousands of children in Vietnam left to wander the country aimlessly. It was Vietnam's greatest tragedy...children caught in the crossfire of war...too incidental for the concerns of generals, and all uncertain of their fate under the advancing North Vietnamese Army. 'The War Cradle' tells of the events leading up to the last days of the Vietnam War and of the search and rescue of the oppresssed orphans. The American soldier was confronted with the misery of the children at eery turn. Sometimes there were his friend...sometimes the enemy. Stalwart nuns sheltered sick and dying babies in poverty-ridden orphanages and looked to the West for salvation and safe homes. Not all warriors carry guns...there asre some who fight an equally fierce battle without them. This is the true, untold story of not only the orphans, but of the camaraderie and courage of people who were obsessed with saving the children. . . . There were hundreds of . . . volunteeers . . . all of whom lived the tense moments of what some have called 'the greatest rescue mission of the century". 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Ting Ling: Her Life and Work, Jun-mei, Chang
13 Ting Ling: Her Life and Work Jun-mei, Chang
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China Institute of International Relations 1978 Soft Cover Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Institute of International Relations, Taipei, Taiwan, 1978. Softbound. Book is in Good condition: edge wear; 1" tear along spine between spine and rear cover; rubbing on and along spine; cover wear; binding is tight and pages are clean; not ex-library. From the Foreword: "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has constantly emphasized the idea that literature and art are political tools that can be employed to 'educate' the people, change their ideology, and molding the 'new Communist man'. Because of this, authors have to write within strictly prescribed conventions, and are subjected to close government scrutiny. Work too intimately connected with freedom is censored; and, as a result, the first people to run into trouble during the numerous struggles that have taken place in mainland China since the Yenan Rectification Campaign have been intellectuals and artists. Among authors who have been purged by the CCP, Ting Ling serves as a typical example. She was born before the 1911 Revolution, and grew up during a historical period in which Chinese society and government were undergoing vigorous changes. Her early writings gave expression to the feelings of intellectuals, and of women in particular -- their feelings of frustration and distress -- when facing the historical changes. Her writings attracted large numbers of young people who were still unsure of themselves, and, because of this, she became quite famous. Her keen individualism, and her freedom-seeking spirit, were incompatible with the basic nature of Communism. Her cynical criticism of old traditions and outdated morality, however, won praise from left wing authors." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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14 Tribes of the North Thailand Frontier Hanks, Jane Richardson; Hanks, Lucien Mason
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Yale University Southeast Asia Studies 2001 0938692763 / 9780938692768 Soft Cover New 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, New Haven, 2001. New book still in shrinkwrap. From the rear cover: "This volume begins with the Boasian faith in fieldwork and ends by demonstrating that the humility of living with ordinary people and hearing their stories can still bridge cultures and transcend academic fashions. Along the way, it takes us deeply into Southeast Asia and a scholarly tradition where the humanist and the scientist are allies, not enemies....Jane and Lucien Hanks carry a tradition of humane ethnography that here covers fifteen tumultuous years in the life of upland Southeast Asia. They have created a story that turns a large place (775 square miles) into its diverse peoples and their 320 villages, all caught up in the crosscurrents of international politics, nation-building, the opium trade, growing population, and shrinking resources. Its locale--the Golden Triangle--adds current interest, but this volume's enduring value is an an ethnographic record that spans mountains and valleys, captures indigenous pluralism, and continues a Boasian tradition of areal ethnography. In locale, scope, and coherence, we have nothing to match this remarkable study, and, given the changes in scholarship and Southeast Asia, we never will." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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15 We Live in Singapore Moore, Donald
London, U. K. Hodden & Stoughton 1955 First Edition Hard Copy Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Hodden & Stoughton, London, 1955. 1st Edition. Book is in Very Good condition: fading along top and bottom edges of boards; light wear on top and bottom of spine; binding and hinges are tight and square, and pages are all clean; not ex-library. A nice copy. Color frontispiece and 24 b/w photographs taken by author. Book is in journal form with entries from August 1, 1954 to February 24, 1955. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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