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Your Favorite Books Related to Travel to Asia


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  • Added on: April 17th, 2011
Do you like to read fiction or non-fiction related to your destination before you arrive?I'm curious to hear some of your favorites.


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  • Added on: April 18th, 2011
for Japan:

books by Natsume Soseki, especially Botchan
books by Haruki Murakami - he is a Japanese writer but not all of his books take place in Japan
Hachiko Waits is a good book for kids

for China:

I know they're dated, but I like Pearl Buck's books
Women of the Silk or The Language of Threads, both by Gail Tsukiyama
Shanghai Girls or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, both by Lisa See


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  • Added on: April 25th, 2011
Maybe they were written quite a while ago, but Maurice Collis's books on Burma and his biographies are utterly fantastic. Collis was a British civil servant in Burma in the 1910s and 1920s. Particularly recommended are The Land of the Great Image, Foreign Mud (about the Opium War), Siamese White, and his biography of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.

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