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Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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This volume presents a wide variety of articles in the broad field of Asian Studies, covering the latest results of research within the social sciences and the humanities, reflecting the rich diversity within these areas of research. The contributions stem from research carried out by scholars who are or have been affiliated with the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden/Amsterdam).
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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I finished #ReadingAsia2021 🎉🎉🎉

It has been quite the challenge, with hard books and bad books, with a lot of good one and with three absolute favorites: the books I read set in Iran, Malaysia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Most satisfying is that I learned so much about this part of the world and I expect no less of #ReadingAfrica2022!

Thanks for having me again as your cohost @Librarybelle 🤍

Vansa WOW. What an eclectic bunch with very few of the usual suspects. Saving your list!! 2mo
LeahBergen Amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
EvieBee Yay! I‘ll need to pick up a few of these myself. 2mo
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TrishB Well done 🎉🎉 2mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa I feel honored ☺️ thank you! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈🍾 The Garden of Evening Mists is a favorite of mine as well. (edited) 2mo
batsy Well done! 👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
squirrelbrain Yay! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Chrissyreadit That‘s so impressive 🤍🎉🤍🎉 2mo
Librarybelle So awesome…congratulations!! And thanks for being such an amazing co-host!!! 2mo
Nute Well done! 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Congrats 🎉🍾🎊 agreed, this was a fascinating part of the world to read about!!!! I found some really GREAT books♥️ 2mo
Megabooks Congratulations!!! You rock!! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
CarolynM Congratulations 🎉 2mo
BiblioLitten This is amazing! Very impressive 👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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With #Jordan (Pillars of Salt) and #Qatar (My Life in Doha) finished in November, I have now just the Philippines left to finish #ReadingAsia2021. I saved this one for December to combine my read with #FoodAndLit.

I hope to start and finish my chosen book (America is not the Heart) soon, so I can maybe make an early start with #ReadingAfrica2022!

TrishB Nearly there! 2mo
LeahBergen Woohoo! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏 2mo
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Cathythoughts Nice work ! 2mo
Addison_Reads Great job! 2mo
Texreader That‘s so awesome!! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! Awesome! 🥳 2mo
DGRachel Yay! So close!! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Wow! 👏👏👏🎉 2mo
squirrelbrain Nearly there! 🎉 2mo
jenniferw88 Yeah, I'm not going to be able to finish this challenge (just like i haven't completed Europe, & I'm doubtful I'll finish Africa! 😂) 2mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I am very doubtful about Africa too 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Librarybelle So close!! 2mo
Simona You already see the finish line 👍🍾🥂 2mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! You‘ve got it in your sights! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Slowly but surely the end is approaching. I read two more books for #ReadingAsia2021 and have two more months to read the final three!

October‘s choices were:
🍀 Tajikistan: Sovietistan
🍀 Cambodia: Never Fall Down

squirrelbrain Yay! You‘ll easily finish it - do you have books planned? 3mo
Bookwormjillk Amazing 🤩 3mo
Librarybelle Woohoo!! 3mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes! I‘m all set! 😘 3mo
Megabooks Very impressed!! 3mo
LeahBergen Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Very impressive 👍🏻 3mo
Crazeedi You're killing it, big congrats!👏👏 3mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Another month of #ReadingAsia2021. Three more book finished in September, five left!

💠 Malaysia: The Garden of Evening Mists
💠 Sri Lanka: A traveler to the Gates of Wisdom
💠 India: A Passage to India

BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s tough at times, but this month I read a favorite 4mo
Librarybelle Way to go!! 4mo
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Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Four more #ReadingAsia2021 books in August. I am getting close, 8 more to go!

The books I read this month were coincidentally all set in the Middle East:
💠 United Arab Emirates: Temporary People
💠 Kuwait: The Hidden Light of Objects
💠 Palestine: Letters to my Palestinian neighbor
💠 Saudi Arabia: Arabia

Bookwormjillk Wow! 5mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Librarybelle Woohoo!! 5mo
TrishB Doing great 👍🏻 5mo
Simona Near to the end 👏👊 5mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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In July I have made my way though 5 more countries for #ReadingAsia2021:

🔸Timor Leste: The Crossing
🔸Oman: Celestial Bodies
🔸Uzbekistan: A collection of Uzbek short stories
🔸Laos: Mother‘s Beloved
🔸Singapore: Crazy Rich Asians

I have now read 32 out of 44 books so feel comfortable I‘ll manage to finish the challenge.

TrishB Going great 🎉🎉 6mo
Smarkies You are definitely on track! I don't think I will be able to complete the challenge but hoping to at least do 80 - 90% of the countries. 😁 6mo
Hooked_on_books Great job! You‘re in really good shape to finish! I think I have 8 to go, so I‘m looking good, too. 6mo
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BarbaraBB @Smarkies That is awesome! Some of them are really hard to find books from! 6mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That should definitely be doable in 5 months 😁! 6mo
Librarybelle Amazing! Great job! 6mo
Pinta I loved Celestial Bodies! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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I can add another 4 countries to my #ReadingAsia2021 challenge:

▪️Taiwan: Notes of a Crocodile
▪️Lebanon: I Remember Beirut
▪️Maldives: Gatecrashing Paradise
▪️Iraq: The Corpse Exhibition

None that I would highly recommend but I am learning a lot! My total halfway through the year is 27 out of 44 so I‘m doing fine!

TrishB Well done 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts Impressive stuff 👏🏻 7mo
Librarybelle Yay! Well done! 7mo
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Megabooks Great job Barbara!! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Only two books added to #ReadingAsia2021 this month, I‘ll have to make up for that in June!

▪️Bangladesh: The Good Muslim
◾️ Afghanistan: The Bookseller of Kabul

Total: 23 of 44

LeahBergen You‘re doing great! 8mo
squirrelbrain Still more than halfway though! 👍😁 8mo
Cathythoughts Amazing ✨ 8mo
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 8mo
rockpools Still looking good! And you‘ve passed the magic 50% line 😁 8mo
TrishB Going well 👍🏻 8mo
Librarybelle Doing well! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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With these five book finished in April I am still on track with #ReadingAsia2021:

▪️Bhutan: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon
▪️Myanmar: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
▪️China: My Year Abroad
▪️Brunei: Written in Black
▪️South Korea: If I Had Your Face

I now have read 21 in total so am almost halfway!

TrishB Brilliant 👍🏻 9mo
LeahBergen Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
squirrelbrain Great progress! About the same as me I think... hopefully I‘ll post mine tomorrow. 9mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I just read you‘re halfway too in Cindy‘s post! (edited) 9mo
Addison_Reads Great job! 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving your digital map❤️ 9mo
Cinfhen 🙌🏻💕 9mo
Librarybelle Woohoo! 9mo
DrexEdit I need to do a read Asia challenge one year. So many good authors in this part of the world! 9mo
BarbaraBB @DrexEdit It really expands my horizon! Of course you can still join #ReadingAsia2021! 9mo
DrexEdit @BarbaraBB I will certainly follow the hash tag and join in when I can! 😊 9mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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#ReadingAsia2021

In March I managed to read 5 more books set in Asia:

🔸Nepal - Into Thin Air
🔸Bahrain - QuixotiQ
🔸Mongolia - The Blue Sky
🔸Pakistan - Basti
🔸North Korea - The Orphan Master‘s Son

This makes 16 so far, I am glad with my progress! I am learning so much again, and am loving this challenge.

Megabooks I‘m at 14, which I think is about as many as I finished in Europe total last year! 😂😂 Great job!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
TrishB Doing great 👍🏻 10mo
Simona I think I‘m already halfway through. 10mo
Librarybelle Woohoo! 10mo
DGRachel Ooh, I need to go update my map! Yours looks great! 10mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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#ReadingAsia2021

February is such a short month and yet I managed to fit in 5 books for the challenge. That makes a total of 11 so I feel I‘m doing really well so far.

🔸Tibet - Stick Out Your Tongue
🔸Vietnam- The Headmaster‘s Wager
🔸Syria- Death is Hard Work
🔸Yemen - The Monk of Mokha
🔸Thailand - The Beach

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Kalalalatja Woohoo! 11mo
Librarybelle Definitely doing well so far! 11mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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#ReadingAsia2021

I am happy with my results this first month. Six countries covered and looking forward to the rest of Asia!

🔹Japan: Breasts and Eggs
🔹Kyrgyzstan: Jamilia
🔹Iran: The Complete Persepolis
🔹Indonesia: The Interpreter of Java
🔹Turkmenistan: The Tale of Aypi
🔹Israel: Forest Dark

Graywacke Wow... what a great first six. 12mo
squirrelbrain A great start! I think I did 6 too.... I will have to check and post! 12mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Please do 😀 12mo
Librarybelle Terrific! 12mo
Megabooks Great job! I did four. 12mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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After seeing @jenniferw88 planning for #ReadingAsia2021 I couldn‘t resist to start selecting the books set in Asia that I already have. I‘m all set for a good start I think!

Anyone who is interested in joining @Librarybelle and me for a year long reading our way through Asian countries and/or Asian authors, please join! You can sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXgqESgB2NLyFr5ODeDX6K3bLv0B0-TcqVzhAm...

Megabooks The orphan master‘s son is great! (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m happy to hear that, it has been sitting on my shelves for years so it‘s about time to read it! 1y
squirrelbrain I think I have about 12 on my shelves already - I‘ll dig them all out when I have time.... 😁 1y
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Looking forward to it 😉😘 1y
Addison_Reads I'm going to see what's available through my library and on my shelves. Hopefully there are enough where I can join in this challenge next year. 😀 1y
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads I hope so too! Let‘s just start and see where we get 🤷🏻‍♀️😀 1y
Librarybelle Love seeing the stack already! 1y
BookishTrish Hi Barbara! There are some Canadian books set in Asia on their way to you. Xoxo 1y
BarbaraBB @BookishTrish Wow, that is so kind of you! I can‘t wait to see what you chose for me 💕 1y
BookishTrish 😘🥰❤️ 1y
4thhouseontheleft finally getting around to filling out the google form! 14mo
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft Great to have you joining in! 14mo
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LitsyHappenings
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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Repost from the impeccable @BarbaraBB :

We‘re leaving Europe to take a trip through Asia in 2021! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in every Asian country or by an Asian author. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the link below. Post throughout the year with #ReadingAsia2021 and remember to tag us!

https://forms.gle/Bk9drfTLCDUQd86HA

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 1y
LitsyHappenings @Librarybelle , of course! Anything for you two! 🙂 1y
BarbaraBB Thank you so much - again, @MrBook 💕 1y
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LitsyHappenings @BarbaraBB , with pleasure. 🤗 1y
Cinfhen More Info @andreadmw (edited) 14mo
andreadmw Thank you for these @Cinfhen !! 14mo
Cinfhen Sure @andreadmw ❤️ 14mo
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BarbaraBB
Reading Asia: New Research in Asian Studies | Frans Husken Huskin, Dick van der Meij
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We‘re leaving Europe to take a trip through Asia in 2021! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in every Asian country or by an Asian author. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the link below. Post throughout the year with #ReadingAsia2021 and remember to tag us!

https://forms.gle/Bk9drfTLCDUQd86HA

Librarybelle So exciting!! ❤️ 1y
squirrelbrain Yay! (I think!) 🤣 You *know* I didn‘t want to do many challenges next year and then you go tempting me like this.... Naughty Barbara and @Librarybelle 1y
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Maybe just this one and #Booked2021?! 😀 1y
BarbaraBB Are you in @erzascarletbookgasm ? I know we spoke about this last year already! 💕 1y
rockpools 😁🌏 I appear to have signed up already! Thank you 🌟 Do you happen to know how many countries are on your Asia list? I might actually plan for this one 😉 1y
BarbaraBB Good to have you @rockpools ! There are 44 countries, you find them listed in the form! 1y
rockpools @BarbaraBB 👍🏻 Thank you! That wasn‘t really me being lazy (much) - I‘m waiting for new reading glasses to arrive & really struggling with small print today. This should keep us all out of trouble for a while! 1y
BarbaraBB @rockpools You‘re very welcome! 🤓😘 1y
KVanRead Great idea! I‘m in!! Thank you! 1y
BarbaraBB @KVanRead Yay, so happy to have you! ❤️ 1y
squirrelbrain I appear to have signed up now! 1y
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain So good! I am looking forward to your planning! 1y
Megabooks Awesome!!! I‘ll probably be as spectacularly bad at Asia, but I‘m in! 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks for joining, I am sure you will be as enabling as ever! 💕 1y
erzascarletbookgasm My terrible progress at reading Europe is making me think twice about this! 😅 1y
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I was hoping you‘d could recommend some great Asian authors 😀 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I can always do that! I‘ll put up a post once I have some info. 🙂 1y
Hooked_on_books I hadn‘t planned to do any reading challenges next year, so of course I just signed up. 🙄😆 The stans are going to be challenging! 1y
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books So glad you‘re joining! Looking forward to sharing ideas again - especially for the stans indeed! 1y
BarbaraBB Here you go, @Caroline2 👍🏽 1y
Caroline2 @BarbaraBB Thanks. Done ✅ 😀 1y
BarbaraBB @Caroline2 Yay! 👌🏽 1y
ValerieAndBooks Since I failed at Reading Europe I probably won‘t sign up for this 😓. But what a great challenge idea! @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 1y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks I really like how these challenges expand my horizon and have discovered some real gems among them! (edited) 1y
Librarybelle @ValerieAndBooks Confession: I did not get very far in Europe! With two months left, I am hoping to read about more countries. Maybe I‘ll do better next year??? 1y
Daisey I don‘t feel I made it very far on my list of European countries, but I will absolutely sign up to try this next year as well. 1y
Pageturner1 I may jump on the bandwagon for this. Sounds fun and interesting. Definitely expand my collection and new authors. 1y
BarbaraBB @Pageturner1 We‘d love to have you joining us. And as you can read above, it‘s about the journey, not the destination 😃 1y
BarbaraBB @Daisey so glad to hear that! 💕 1y
AceOnRoam My challenge track record is atrocious and I have never really participated in a Litsy one before but I would love to be involved in #ReadingAsia2021 1y
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam I would be honored to have you joining for your first Litsy challenge! Do sign-up! It will be fun to exchange suggestions and recommendations! 😘 1y
AceOnRoam @BarbaraBB 😍 you are too sweet. I have already 😊 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Here are all details about #ReadingAsia2021. I so hope you‘ll join @Librarybelle and me 🤞🏽💚 1y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!!! Thank you for tagging me!!! I‘m going to sign up RIGHT NOW xxx 1y
Cinfhen I NEED this distraction/ excited to participate ✈️🌍I think I‘m calling it a mild quit on #ReadingEurope2020 ~ not sure I‘ll get to all of those micro-countries by Dec 31 😜 1y
Cinfhen Some of your countries will work with a few of the #Booked2021 prompts @Librarybelle so I‘m psyched for that!!! I love a good #DoubleDip 1y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I noticed that too! 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Librarybelle I love combining those challenges! The planning is the best part. Still waiting for #Popsugar or #readharder 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 1y
BarbaraBB @Simona here is the link to the Google Form. You can of course read as many or as little as you like! I hope you‘ll join ❤️😘 1y
BookNAround I did appallingly on #readingeurope2020 so why not join/fail this one too. Lol! 1y
BarbaraBB @BookNAround You‘re totally right! Happy to have you 💕 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Here‘s the original post with a link to their Google form. On the form are links to maps of Asia. 😎 1y
BarbaraBB @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh I see @BarbaraTheBibliophage already helped you out! Thanks😘 1y
BarbaraBB @Texreader Here you are! The list of countries is in the Google doc! 12mo
BarbaraBB @Texreader Here is the Google Form again. I hope you‘ll have fun reading Asia 🤍 10mo
Texreader I finally registered!! Yay! Thanks!! 10mo
BarbaraBB @kaysworld1 Here you go! You can fill out the form to get a list of all countries but you don‘t need to. You can start anyway! Let me know if you need more information! 9mo
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