Asian Heritage Month: A Reading List

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May marks Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and this year’s theme is “Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: Amplifying Asian Canadian Legacy.” Check out some of UTP’s titles in Asian Studies below:

Voices from Nepal: Uncovering Human Trafficking through Comics Journalism

By Dan Archer

How can we better protect survivors? How can we learn from their stories without causing further harm?

With a pen in one hand and watercolours in the other, graphic journalist Dan Archer embarks on an investigation into human trafficking and how comics can be used to empower survivors and raise awareness of human rights issues. Based on years of research and reporting, the book holds a mirror up to the ways that international and local NGOs study and combat trafficking, reflecting on both the positive and negative impacts they can have.

Truly Human: Indigeneity and Indigenous Resurgence on Formosa

By Scott E. Simon

The Sediq and Truku Indigenous peoples on the mountainous island of Formosa – today called Taiwan – say that their ancestors emerged in the beginning of time from Pusu Qhuni, a tree-covered boulder in the highlands. Based on two decades of ethnographic field research, Truly Human portrays these peoples’ lifeworlds, teachings, political struggles for recognition, and relations with non-human animals. 

Hidden Paradigms: Comparing Epic Themes, Characters, and Plot Structures

By Brenda E.F. Beck

In Hidden Paradigms, anthropologist Brenda E.F. Beck describes The Legend of Ponnivala, an oral epic from rural South India. Recorded in 1965, this story was sung to a group of village enthusiasts by a respected pair of local bards. Copiously illustrated, Hidden Paradigms provides a fresh example of the power of comparative thinking, offering a humanistic complement to scientific reasoning.

Coerced Liberation: Muslim Women in Soviet Tajikistan

By Zamira Abman

In 1924, the Bolshevik regime began an unprecedented campaign to forcibly emancipate the Muslim women of Tajikistan. The emancipatory reforms included unveiling women, passing progressive family code laws, and educating women. By the 1950s, the Soviet regime largely succeeded in putting an end to veiling, child marriage, polygamy, and bride payments. Yet today there is a resurgence in these practices the Bolsheviks claimed to have eliminated. Coerced Liberation reveals that the Soviet regime transformed the lives of urban women within a single generation but without lasting effect.

New Generation Korean: Advanced Level

By Mihyon Jeon, Kyoungrok Ko, Daehee Kim, Yujeong Choi, and Ahrong Lee

Attractive and easy to navigate, New Generation Korean 3 is a full-colour and engaging textbook designed for Korean language learners at the secondary and post-secondary education levels, as well as for independent self-study learners. View our complete set of beginner, intermediate, and advanced textbooks and workbooks below:

New Generation Korean: Beginner Level

New Generation Korean Workbook: Beginner Level

New Generation Korean: Intermediate Level

New Generation Korean Workbook: Intermediate Level

New Generation Korean Workbook: Advanced Level

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