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UNDERSTANDING THE INDOCHINA WARS

UNDERSTANDING THE INDOCHINA WARS

A comprehensive and eminently comprehensible guide to Vietnam’s three 20th century Indochina Wars, against the French, the United States, and China. Profusely illustrated

The story of the Vietnam War, together with its less familiar adjuncts, the ‘Secret Wars’ in Laos and Cambodia, is complex, painful and difficult to understand.

Before open US involvement in Indochina began with the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964, few Americans knew much at all about Vietnam. Following the Fall of Saigon to communist forces in 1975 and the final US withdrawal, few Americans wanted to know much about Vietnam – except that at last, and at a cost of 58,220 dead, 1,687 missing and 303,635 US wounded, the terrible war was finally over.

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LAOS & ISAN: COLLECTED ESSAYS

LAOS & ISAN: COLLECTED ESSAYS

The Lao people of Laos and Northeast Thailand share a long cultural history but have long been sundered politically - yet today links between the Lao on both banks of the Mekong are flourishing

Five hundred years ago the Lao Kingdom of Lan Xang or ’One Million Elephants’ spanned a broad swathe of mainland Southeast Asia, stretching from Vietnam in the east to Burma’s Shan State in the west, and encompassing much of present-day Thailand.

The nadir came in 1827, when Prince Anu, the lord of Vientiane, attempted to march on Bangkok. His armies got no further than Khorat, where the local women, led by the wife of the governor, Khunying Mo, seduced the Lao soldiers with alcohol and feminine charms, and then slaughtered them whilst they slept. Chao Anu was captured, taken prisoner to Bangkok, and exposed in an iron cage over the Chao Phraya River until he died. The Siamese armies, meanwhile, captured Vientiane and destroyed the city in an orgy of looting and pillage.

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AMERICAN CHINATOWN

AMERICAN CHINATOWN

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinese community in North America. Between 1895 and 1906 it was recorded for posterity in the images of the photographer Arnold Genthe

San Francisco’s ’Tang Ren Jie’ is the oldest Chinatown in North America and is also said to be home to the largest Chinese community outside Asia.

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SHUNGA: EROTIC ART OF OLD JAPAN

SHUNGA: EROTIC ART OF OLD JAPAN

Shunga

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CONFLICT ZONES 2014

CONFLICT ZONES 2014

The Americas

Conflict Zones

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INK: TRADITIONAL TATTOOS OF JAPAN AND THE FAR EAST

INK: TRADITIONAL TATTOOS OF JAPAN AND THE FAR EAST

Traditional tattoos of Japan and the Far East

Tattoos

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YOSHIWARA: PLEASURE DISTRICT OF OLD TOKYO

YOSHIWARA: PLEASURE DISTRICT OF OLD TOKYO

Yoshiwara

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EROTIC CHINA

EROTIC CHINA

EROTIC CHINA

EROTIC CHINA

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