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  • The LOS Diaries Part Three

    $4.99 Jones, Mark
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    Twenty Years in South East Asia
    In this, the third instalment of “The LOS Diaries”, Mark Jones provides more experienced comment on the cultural nuances of a rapidly developing part of the world. Living the dream in South East Asia, the author once again mixes his own brand of laconic storytelling with humorous and insightful observations on the region.
    Expanding on his experiences in the area’s naughty nightlife scene, short travel diaries provide an interesting look at the remote and far flung reaches beyond the red light districts of downtown Bangkok, Pattaya and Singapore. The comforts of the tourist fleshpots are left far behind in sojourns to the mountainous regions of Northern Laos and the remote temple sites of Cambodia. These are the LOS Diaries.

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  • Thailand Crackers

    $4.99$12.99 Jaggs, Peter
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    Peter Jaggs has probably written and sold more books about the raunchier side of life in Thailand than any other author alive or dead. The brutal accuracy of his writing in a genre that is unavoidably always going to be controversial has inevitably provoked reaction from offended internet trolls accusing him of being a faker, a reprobate or even worse. Much more credible reviews in the Thai and ex-pat media on TV and in leading newspapers have described Jaggs as being (quote) ‘a highly-skilled writer, supremely confident in his craft’ and appraised his books as being ‘Modern Classics of Pattaya’ and ‘the best books on Pattaya written’.
    Whether you love his tales or hate them, it is undeniable that they are never boring. Jaggs has written himself into the history of the night-streets of Thailand and his work will surely continue to be read and discussed for as long as people visit the country. The stories in Thailand Crackers are vintage Jaggs and concentrate on the off-beat lives of eighteen resourceful entrepreneurs who live by their wits on the streets of a country where life can be hard. They include the accounts of an alcoholic septuagenarian mamasan, a teenage drug dealer, a hill-tribe grandfather, a bar-girl without a heart, an evil confidence trickster and a love-struck street dog; all told with the author’s usual colorful candidness that will disappoint neither his supporters nor his detractors and give them plenty of food for thought to get their teeth into.

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  • The Surveillant’s Old Tin Trunk

    $6.99$19.99 Jaggs, Peter
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    Life, Love and Death on Devil’s Island
    Some years ago an old tin trunk and its contents were given to the author of this book by an old lady approaching her ninetieth year. She was the only daughter of a guard who had been deployed to work in French Guiana (Devil’s Island) during the early days of the twentieth century. The rusting old box was full of the diaries, sketches, papers and personal effects of a young man and his wife, who were based in one of the most notorious jungle work camps in the penal colony and whose duty it was to attempt to control some of France’s worst transported criminals. The author studied and researched the contents of the trunk and with the help of countless conversations with the fascinating old lady, the extraordinary story that came out of the Surveillant’s old tin trunk can now be retold.

    The book is a powerful, compelling and haunting depiction of family and convict life in the overseas prison colonies of France. It is a tale of love, hatred, deception and vengance that pendulums between the romantic and the horrific without missing a beat.

    Illustrated with contemporary photographs, paintings and sketches that are historically immensly significant, The Surveillant’s Old Tin Trunk provides an unparalleled insight into the troubled life of a young family man stationed in what has always been known as perhaps the most infamous and brutal penal colony ever to have existed.

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  • It happened in SE. Asia

    $6.99 Cook, Michael J.
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    Many aircraft journeys between Western Australia and Singapore, but that’s where the real travel starts. By train and air but mostly train throughout Malaysia and Thailand. Many warmed beds in cheap hotels and backpackers rooms in remote towns in both countries. Travels to cities and towns, many rarely visited by the normal traveller.

    The story of two lovely ladies to whom Jim Roberts becomes very attached, one in Bangkok, one in Hat Yai, a southern city in Thailand. But in the end, home to Australia always beckons.

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  • Geisha – The Mysterious Japanese Entertainer

    $4.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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  • Elephants in Thailand 3 – White Elephants in Thailand and Neighboring Countries

    $17.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This third volume, Elephants in Thailand – White Elephants in Thailand and Neighboring Countries, defines the “white elephant”, recounts the myths about white elephants in ancient Indian lore (the Jatakas) and their transmission to Southeast Asia, presents reports of early Western travelers on the white elephant stables in Siam and Burma, and finally gives an account of the royal white elephants in contemporary Thailand. The text is complemented by 110 illustrations.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 3 – Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic-Speaking Peoples

    $22.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic-Speaking Peoples is the final volume of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references.

    This volume presents each of the three Austronesian- and 10 Tai-speaking groups as well as the Chinese people. For each group there is an outline history and descriptions of costumes, crafts, housing, agriculture, society, economy and beliefs. The daily life of these people is revealed in 97 color illustrations. Further, this volume provides a comprehensive bibliography on ethnic matters that is relevant to all three volumes.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 4 – Sino-Tibetan-Speaking Peoples

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Sino-Tibetan-Speaking Peoples deals with each of the 10 Tibeto-Burman-speaking as well as one Sinitic-speaking group, clarified by 127 color pictures. An ample bibliography is attached for further reading.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 3 – Profile of Austro-Thai-Speaking Peoples

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Profile of Austro-Thai-Speaking Peoples represents each of the 39 Tai-speaking as well as the two Miao-Yao-speaking and the single Austronesian-speaking groups in Laos, with 210 color illustrations. History, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural economy, society and religious practices of each individual group are described.

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  • Elephants in Thailand 2 – Through the Ages

    $17.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This second volume Elephants in Thailand – Through the Ages, portrays the association between elephant and man since the dawn of history and the importance of elephants in Thai history. It describes the deep roots of the elephant in mythology, describes the important position of the elephant at court, especially as battle elephant, and provides much information about the employment and usefulness of elephants in daily life in Siam. The text is supported by 90 illustrations, largely from antiquarian sources.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 2 – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples

    $22.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples is the second of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia.

    All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references. The present volume provides individual sketches of each of the 23 Mon-Khmer-speaking groups. These include historical background and descriptions of costumes, crafts, house and village designs, agriculture and economy, society and religion. There are fascinating glimpses of remote and rarely seen ethnic groups and descriptions of rapidly disappearing traditions. Ninety-seven color illustrations provide portraits of these groups.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 2 – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples outlines the 41 Mon-Khmer-speaking groups of Laos who belong to the Austro-Asiatic language family. This volume describes the history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural economy, society and religious practices of each individual group. The text is supported by 195 color illustrations.

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  • Tai Groups of Thailand 2 – Profile of the Existing Groups

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Tai Groups of Thailand – Profile of the Existing Groups sketches each of the 30 Tai-speaking groups residing in Thailand: the Thai people of central Thailand, the numerous Lao Isan people of northeastern Thailand, the well-known Lao, Lue, Yuan and Tai Yai of northern Thailand; it also describes the lesser known and smaller groups (Kaleung, Khorat Tai, Lao Ga, Lao Krang, Lao Lorn or Tai Dan, Lao N gaew, Lao Song, Lao Ti, Lao Wieng, Phuan, Phu Tai, Seak, Southern Thai, Tai Bueng, Tai Dam, Tai Gapong, Tai Khoen, Tai Mao, Tai Wang, Tai Ya, Tai Yong, Tai Yor, Tak Bai Thai, Yoy) which are distributed throughout the length and breadth of Thailand.

    The groups are presented with their domestic history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, activities in agriculture and economy, society and religion of each of the 30 individual Tai groups, supported by 115 color illustrations.

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  • Hill Tribes of Vietnam 2 – Profile of the Existing Hill Tribe Groups

    $22.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Hill Tribes of Vietnam – Profile of the Existing Hill Tribe Groups deals with the tribal customs and habits of all 50 mountain peoples living in Vietnam. This volume describes the history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural activities and the economy, society and religious practices of each individual group. The variety of their traditions is shown in 229 illustrations.

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  • Elephants in Thailand 1 – Mahouts and Their Cultures Today

    $17.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This first volume, Elephants in Thailand – Mahouts and their Cultures Today, describes in detail the various ethnic groups, such as the Central Thai, Southern Thai, Yuan, Tai Yai, Tai Lue, Tai Yong, Tai Khoen, Lao Isan, Khorat Thai, Phuan, Kui, Mon, Khamu, Mpi, Lawa and Karen, and their specific elephant traditions, some extinct but most still alive. One-hundred-and-eighteen images show the daily life of the elephant today. This volume also provides a bibliography about literature concerning elephants.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 1 – Introduction and Overview

    $22.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Introduction and Overview is the first of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references.

    The present volume looks first at the effect of historic events in Southeast Asia on ethnic distribution in Cambodia today. It then presents an overview of these ethnic groups and their linguistic classifications, cultures and traditions and geographic locations. The book also provides detailed population statistics from French colonial times to the latest Population Census of 2008.The text is supported by 91 color illustrations.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 1 – Introduction and Overview

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Introduction and Overview contains reports of early French encounters with ethnic groups as well as more recent studies by professional anthropologists and linguists.
    The development of national classifications of ethnic groups by the Lao government is presented up to the latest census of 1995. All major ethnic groups are listed according to their languages. Finally, a short introduction to the history of the region as well as an overview about the environment, agricultural economy, customs and practices of the diverse ethnic composition is outlined. Their traditions and customs are portrayed by 169 color illustrations.

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  • Tai Groups of Thailand 1 – Introduction and Overview

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Tai Groups of Thailand – Introduction and Overview describes the early events of Southeast Asia and today’s territory of Thailand before the coming of the Tai, presents the history after their arrival, informs about the hypothesis of the origin of the Tai race and shows the development of the ethnic Tai people in the context of the many distinct Tai groups and their kingdoms, states and principalities in Asia in general and in Thailand in particular.

    Linguistic development and classification of the Tai language, its branches and dialects, is explained as well as the description of the central Thai language. Finally, Tai agriculture and food, Tai handicrafts, Tai architecture and Tai religion are highlighted. Their way of living is clarified with 163 color illustrations and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Thailand – Non-Tai-Speaking Peoples

    $24.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Ethnic Groups of Thailand – Non-Tai-Speaking Peoples describes 38 non-Tai peoples residing in Thailand; the well known mountain dwelling so-called hill tribes (Akha, Hmong, Htin, Khamu, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu, Mien, Pwo Karen, Sgaw Karen); the lesser known northern peoples (Bisu, Blang, Haw, Kachin, Kayah, Kayaw, Kha Hor, Lamet, Mlabri, Mpi, Padong, Palaung, Pa-0, Parauk, Samtao); and those of northeastern and central lowlands (Bru, Cham, Chao bon, Chong, Gong, Kaleung, Kui, Mon, Seak, So, Thavung). Lastly, the Semang and Sea Gypsies of southern Thailand and the Andarnan Sea.

    These various ethnic groups are here classified by their language family and a description given of each ones history, costume and crafts, houses and villages, agriculture and economy, society, ceremonies, myths and beliefs.

    All the groups are portrayed by 177 color illustrations taken by the author and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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  • Hill Tribes of Vietnam 1 – Introduction and Overview

    $22.99 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Hill Tribes of Vietnam – Introduction and Overview describes the diversity of lifestyles and cultures of the mountain peoples. Untouched by commercial development and modem attitudes for decades, most of the tribesmen sustain their traditions. Their natural surroundings are occupied by spirits and genies. Village and house construction, agricultural activities, weddings, child births, sickness, death and many more everyday situations are influenced by spiritual beliefs.

    This first volume introduces the ethnography and the classification of the hill tribe groups in Vietnam and presents a general overview of the habitation, social structure, government policy, education, health care, swidden farming, opium cultivation, religion and traditional customs. The complexity of their way of living is clarified with 254 illustrations.

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