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  • Origin of the Tai People 6―Northern Tai-Speaking People of the Red River Delta and Their Habitat Today

    $7.49 Schliesinger, Joachim
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    Origin of the Tai People 6―Northern Tai-Speaking People of the Red River Delta and Their Habitat Today explains the involvement of Tai-Kadai people in the early history of modern Vietnam, especially their early presence in the Red River Delta.

    A number of modern scholars propose that the ancient Yue people, who inhabited at the end of the 1st millennium BC this region, included not only Yue proper, but the majority of this group were in fact Tai-Kadai-speaking people, who in turn were genetically linked with the aboriginal Austronesians of ancient Taiwan.

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  • Adventures of the Great White Bonker

    $4.99$14.99 Wallace, Dave
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    Dave Wallace is a freelance writer/photographer/film maker based in Brisbane.

    It would be easy to dismiss Dave as a bit of an insignificant lightweight and all round sleaze bag, as most of his early efforts consisted of hanging around porn movie locations immortalising great moments in movie history for various publications of dubious reputation.

    However, it took a trip to Laos in 1989, to photograph the work of a humanitarian organisation, that caused him to finally realise his true calling.
On his way back to Australia, via Thailand, he made a quick visit to Pat Pong where the inevitable happened and Thailand became his second home for several years, resulting in many life changing experiences and journeys of discovery.

    Along the way he encountered some rather bizarre characters including a nurse who thought she was a vampire, and a monk who claimed to be able to turn himself into a giant snake.
 But the person who made the greatest impression on him was a girl called Busarakham Jeeramantiph aka Kim. Busarakham means Yellow Sapphire in English and is considered to be a very lucky name.
 Her luck, however, had run out and she was trapped in a vicious spiral of ill fortune — a dead end job, and very few prospects of self improvement, despite being one of a rare breed. In addition to speaking English as fluently as a native speaker, Dave discovered she could also read and write with the same degree of skill.

    They formed a bond that lasted over thirty years during which time he managed to help her reach her full potential. They collaborated on this book, about which one reviewer observed: While the story and some of the dialogue is rather explicit at times, it’s actually a moving account of how, with Dave’s help, Kim manages to free herself from the shackles of the sex trade and get a proper job with an organisation that hired her on her merits and ability, and didn’t care about her educational qualifications— or lack of them. She went on from there to embark on a string of business activities aimed at improving the lives of her fellow bar girls. She was a graduate from the University of Real Life.


    Despite its somewhat lurid title, it’s a classic reminder of the old adage that one should never judge a book by its cover.

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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

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

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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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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 1 – Introduction and Overview

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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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  • Indochina Chronicles (1974-1975)

    $4.99$7.99 Pianaro, Maurizio
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    In war-torn Indochina, a mercenary pilot lives to fly. A dramatic picture of a season in hell, where people are both victims and witnesses of catastrophic events. A mal de vivre that no one and nothing could heal.
    Maurizio Pianaro is a writer who was in Cambodia during the fall of the country by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.

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