Sarong Party Girls: a novel

Author: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Language: English

Summary: A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.

On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn’t lose.

As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets, its grubby wet markets and seedy hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes which threaten to crush her dreams. Desperate to move up in Asia’s financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed?

Vividly told in Singlish—colorful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang—Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of this young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life. Source: amazon.com

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La mia Thailandia – Storia di un profondo amore

Author: Manuela Vitulli

Language: Italian

Summary: In una torrida serata di ottobre, appena arrivata a Bangkok, Manuela scopre il significato di Mai pen rai, una filosofia tutta thailandese che entra a far parte della sua vita e che rappresenta il leitmotiv dell’intero libro. Inizia così il suo inspiegabile amore per la Thailandia raccontato con entusiasmo capitolo dopo capitolo. Dalla follia di Bangkok alla natura di Koh Tao, dalla pacatezza di Chiang Mai ai lunghi colli delle donne giraffa, dalla profonda spiritualità alla trasgressione indotta dall’Occidente.

L’autrice ci trascina in un viaggio emozionale nella sua amata Thailandia, passando dall’immagine patinata a quella senza edulcoranti, una Thailandia ricca di ossimori e non sempre facile da apprezzare, ma che definisce il suo luogo dell’anima. – Fonte: Amazon.com

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Japanese culture. The religious and philosophical foundations

Author: Roger J. Davies

Language: English

Summary: This much-anticipated sequel to Roger Davies’s best-selling The Japanese Mind provides a comprehensive overview of the religion and philosophy of Japan. This cultural history of Japan explains the diverse cultural traditions that underlie modern Japan and offers readers deep insights into Japanese manners and etiquette. Davies begins with an investigation of the origins of the Japanese, followed by an analysis of the most important approaches used by scholars to describe the essential elements of Japanese culture. From there, each chapter focuses on one of the formative elements: Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, and Western influences in the modern era. Each chapter is concluded with extensive endnotes along with thought-provoking discussion activities, making this volume ideal for individual readers and for classroom instruction. Anyone interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of this complex and fascinating nation will find Davies’s work an invaluable resource. – Source: Simon&Schuster

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Rituals of Separation: A South Korean Memoir of Identity and Belonging

Author: Elizabeth Rice

Language: English

Summary: When her American family returns to the U.S. after sixteen years in South Korea, Liz is a hidden immigrant. Her mixed-up cultural identity is veiled behind the face of the girl down the street.

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Le tour du monde des bonnes manières

Author: Sophie Fournier, Emilie Camatte

Language: French

Summary: Sais-tu qu’au Tibet on se tire la langue pour se saluer ? Que les Québécois disent “bonjour” lorsqu’ils se quittent ? Qu’un Indien tire ses propres oreilles pour s’excuser ? Qu’en Afrique, on ne mange qu’avec la main droite ? Tu découvriras dans ce livre que les règles de politesse et les coutumes françaises ne sont pas universelles : chaque pays, avec sa culture, ses traditions et sa langue, a son propre savoir-vivre et ses expressions bien à lui. Pour rester poli n’importe où sur la planète, voici un petit aperçu des bonnes manières autour du monde. Une véritable ouverture au monde. – Source: Amazon.fr

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When in Germany, do as the Germans do: the clued-in guide to German life, language, and culture

 

Author: Hyde Flippo

Language: English

Summary: Never feel like a stranger in Germany again!

On entering a restaurant, should you find your own table or wait to be seated? What is a suitable topic for small-talk with a stranger? In what circumstances might you ask to borrow ein Handy? All these answers and more can be found in When in Germany, Do As the Germans Do, a fun and intriguing book that teaches you about Germany’s culture, language, and people.

It features 120 intriguing multiple-choice questions that are cross-referenced to fascinating articles on pop culture, customs, behavior, history, consumer trends, literature, tourist sights, business, language, and more. Also included are key terms and useful expressions, informative charts, and websites for further reference. Source: amazon.com

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