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A Woman's Asia: True Stories (Travelers' Tales Guides)by Marybeth Bond
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For Westerners, Asia has always had an exotic appeal. The cultures, religions, and ways of life across the continent are foreign to us, and thus compelling. We want to understand what it means to live in a place with 4,000 years of continuous civilization. We want to roam among the worlds highest mountains and explore the tropical backwaters full of mystery and intrigue. We want to see a tiger, ride an elephant, bask in the radiance of the monument of love, the Taj Mahal. In this new century especially, Asia is a continent for women to explore. Yes, there were predecessors, such as 19th century cultural explorer Isabella Bird, but women have turned to Asia in large numbers in recent years, finding a spiritual and emotional draw to the continent that goes beyond their call to more familiar places such as Europe and North America. Women are seeking adventure, connection, and an understanding of the world and its peoples, and no place offers a more enticing opportunity to do this than Asia.
Asia has an exotic appeal for many Westerners — from its rich and ancient civilization, spirituality, and mysticism, to its high mountain peaks, tropical backwaters, and beautiful Taj Mahal. In this new century especially, women are traveling to Asia in response to a spiritual and emotional draw to the continent. Women are seeking adventure, connection, and a deeper understanding of the world and its inhabitants, and no place offers a more enticing opportunity to find this.
In this inspiring collection, readers explore the legend of Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; encounter the plight of poor women in rural India; discover their own cultural space through bathing with elephants in India; bridge the chasm dividing West and East through teaching English in Laos; confront their moral choices over dinner in Bangkok; dance with the ghost of Genghis Khan in Mongolia; come of age in Bali; and much more.
Asia has an exotic appeal for many Westerners--from its rich and ancient civilization, spirituality, and mysticism, to its high mountain peaks, tropical backwaters, and beautiful Taj Mahal. This collection of inspiring and entertaining stories by women highlights travels through this alluring part of the world.
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