[Virtual Bookbox] Contemporary Asian Literature CLOSED and COMPLETED

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My choices:
Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace - Dancesports (TBR)

Kiran Desai: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard – prachitulshan (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7675435

My additions:
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age – jumpingin (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7498252

Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory – jumpingin (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7251216

 

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I’d like to share some Asian books of mine and send them out into the world, so here’s another Virtual Bookbox (VBB) – about contemporary Asian literature (novels, short stories, memoirs).
I.e. books written by Asian authors or authors of Asian decent, which are set in Asia or are about Asia (Asian society, migrants from Asia etc.), first published not before 1980. (No “western” authors writing about Asia, please.) (Geographical definition of Asia, Middle Eastern authors are okay too.)
Do you have any good book (no trash please) that you’d recommend to others and that you’d like to travel with the VBB? And then send off to some other BookCrosser? In exchange for another Asian book you pick from the list…???
(Please keep in mind that you might have to ship international, cheapest rate is fine though.)

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This is how it works:
- I start off with a list of 10 of my own books.
- You will receive the list by PM from me – as PMs sometimes don’t arrive please confirm when you got it.
- Choose up to 4 books and request them from the owner(s), include your name & address.
- Replace the chosen books with the same number of your own (they must be registered on your bookshelf).
- PM me the titles and authors of the books you are putting in the box within a week.
- Post here which books you have chosen.
- The owner(s) of the chosen books send them off to you.
- Please make your choices within a few days, pick the books you are offering and PM me – I will PM you again if I haven’t heard from you after 2 or 3 days, if there is no response after a week I will PM the list to the next person.
- There should always be 10 books listed. (Edit: 12 now, because okyrhoe kindly donated 2)
- When somebody asks you for a book that you have put on the list, please send it off ASAP, this might be international (but sending it by surface mail is perfectly alright). Please make proper release notes.
- Please don’t add another copy of a book that’s already on the list.
- I update the list and PM it to the next person.
- At the end the remaining 10 books will go to me, as I had started the VBB by “donating” 10 books. But there will be more rounds of the Asian VBB…

Participants of round 1 (over): okyrhoe, Tsjara, jumpingin, chucklesthescot, Shroffland, loveamystery, Annimanni, soffitta1, Dancesports (and me)

Participants of round 2 (over): chucklesthescot, prachitulshan, jumpingin, Tsjara, katrinat, Dancesports, J4shaw, soffitta1, Annimanni, okyrhoe (and me)

Participants of round 3 (over): katrinat, Tsjara, soffitta1, Annimanni, chucklesthescot, jumpingin, J4shaw
okyrhoe, Shroffland, Dancesports

Edit: only books in English, please

next edit...: Adding your TBR books is no problem. When you tell me which books you put on the list please add "TBR" for books that won't be sent off right after they are requested but only after you read them (which shouldn't take more than a few weeks). As none of us ever seems to be running out of books this shouldn't matter as long as the requested books reach their new homes sooner or later - but it's good to know that it might take a while.

 

I like the idea a lot. Unfortunately I don't have many Asian books in english, since I read them most of the time in german. That gets me to my question. What languages will there be allowed to be in the box?
Are there also people that read books in german, french, russian or esperanto? I also would like to read books in those languages....
Right now I only have some asian books in german for the box. But if there will be such a box after christmas break, I could also read some books in english, since I really enjoy books about Asia.

 

I'm afraid, this concerns only books in English, this is the English language forum after all. As far as I know there is an Asian bookbox announced in the German forum.
Maybe there will be an second round of this VBB and you could join us then.

 

This is one of the reasons that I am liking bookcrossing more and more - enjoying reading in new areas. I'll have to find some books to add in though :-)

 

wingsoffitta1wing 10 yrs ago
Cool!
I have 4 books, but are TBR, so will bump them up my reading pile.

 

wingjumpinginwing 10 yrs ago
I'll join!
I'd better get reading!

 

I have some lying on my tbr pile, will try to read them asap.

 

 

 

 

It is my pleasure to announce that the VBB has started travelling a few seconds ago!!!

This is what it looks like:
Ha Jin: Waiting - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452958
Lavanya Sankaran: The Red Carpet - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7453105
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498252
Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452983
Kien Nguyen: The Tapestries - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820
Manil Suri: The Death of Vishnu - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452829
Vikram Seth: Two Lives - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337800
Dai Sijie: Mr Muo’s Travelling Couch - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498245
Liu Hong: The Magpie Bridge - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452846
Da Chen: Colours of the Mountain - ApoloniaX http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498255

 

Just PM'ed you with my selections & additions. Thanks for organizing the VBB!

 

okyrhoe kindly donated 2 books to the VBB, more choice for everybody!

 

Will make my choices tomorrow.

Thanks ApoloniaX!

Edit: My choices (wasn't easy, so many interesting books :p)

5. Kien Nguyen: The Tapestries - ApoloniaX
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820

9. Da Chen: Colours of the Mountain - ApoloniaX
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498255


Replacing them with:

- The Brainfever Bird by I. Allan Sealy (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6746671

- Geisha of Gion : The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki by Mineko Iwasaki (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/J_13108675

 

 

Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age – ApoloniaX
Liu Hong: The Magpie Bridge – ApoloniaX

I'm replacing them with these:
Jaishree Misra: Ancient Promises (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6936937

Amy Tan: The Bonesetter's Daughter (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7604040

Thanks, ApoloniaX!

 

Waiting by Ha Jin
The Inheritance of Loss by Kieran Desai
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Replacing with:

The Tiger by the River by Ravi Shankar Etteth (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7685178
Startling Moon by Liu Hong (Available) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667008
Maidenhome by Ding Xiaoqi (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667016
The Glass palace by Amitov Ghosh (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7685185

 

 

Thank you for including me in this! I hope to make my choices tonight or tomorrow.

 

Mineko Iwasaki-The Geisha of Gion
Natsuo Kirino-Out
Dai Sijie-Mr Muo's Travelling Couch

Will PM the owners later today and the books I'm putting it to ApoloniaX. Have to rush out to get shopping done first!!!

 

 

I've received it. I'll need a day or so to savor the menu, make my selections and put in replacements. Such pleasant decisions to to contemplate!
Angana

 

 

I have received the list and will make my choices soon.

 

Looking forward to reading Dai Sijie's 'Mr Muo's Travelling Couch'!

 

Thanks for sending me Natsuo kirino 'Out'!

 

 

with great new additions the list just got PMed to Annimanni

 

And what a great list it is! I'll try to make my selections and additions within the next couple of days.

 

After careful contemplation, I chose

Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams - okyrhoe (TBR)
Jaishree Misra: Ancient Promises – jumpingin (TBR)
Preethi Nair: Gypsy Masala - Shroffland (TBR)

Thank you in advance :) And thanks also to ApoloniaX for organising this wonderful VBB! I just PM'd my additions to you.

 

with great new additions from Laos (picked this one up after visitng Laos, too), Mongolia and Japan!

 

I am just deciding what I want :))))

Here we go:
Byambasuren Davaa: The Cave of the Yellow Dog - Annimanni (TBR) (I have
the film at home)

Outhine Bounyavong: Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos - Annimanni (TBR)

These'll be great for the Olympic Challenge
I have added: Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang and Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.

 

I'm having trouble deciding this time around, have narrowed to six. i only have three to put in so far, so trying to find another so my choice can be four:-)

 

 

Here are the books that travelled with the VBB.
Only a few of them are still in the box and even less will be so at the beginning of round 2, so this is purely for information. But who knows, maybe some will turn up in the box again when they are read....

Vikram Seth: Two Lives http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337800
Ha Jin: Waiting http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452958
Lavanya Sankaran: The Red Carpet http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7453105
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498252
Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452983
Kien Nguyen: The Tapestries http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820
Manil Suri: The Death of Vishnu http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452829
Dai Sijie: Mr Muo’s Travelling Couch http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498245
Liu Hong: The Magpie Bridge http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452846
Da Chen: Colours of the Mountain http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498255
Natsuo Kirino: Out http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7611643
Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6894677
Gita Mehta: A River Sutra http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7611654
I. Allan Sealy: The Brainfever Bird http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6746671
Mineko Iwasaki: Geisha of Gion: The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7386789
Jaishree Misra: Ancient Promises http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6936937
Amy Tan: The Bonesetter's Daughter http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7604040
Pascal Khoo Thwe: From the Land of Green Ghosts http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3043952
Anuradha Roy: An Atlas of Impossible Longing http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7616753
Kiran Desai: The Inheritance of Loss http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7631953
Amy Tan: Saving Fish from Drowning http://bookcrossing.com/---/7446992
Rohinton Mistry: Family Matters http://bookcrossing.com/---/7636895
Preethi Nair: Gypsy Masala http://bookcrossing.com/---/7636878
Adeline Yen Mah: Falling Leaves http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6415693
Bharati Mukherjee: Tree Bride http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7357172
Byambasuren Davaa: The Cave of the Yellow Dog http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7421982
Outhine Bounyavong: Mother's Beloved - Stories from Laos http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6681777
Hisako Matsubara: Cranes at Dusk http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6082166
Lan Samantha Chang: Inheritance http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7618852
Vikram Chandra: Sacred Games http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5476756
Liu Hong: Startling Moon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667008
Ding Xiaoqi: Maidenhome http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667016
Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace
Rav Shankar Etteth: The Tiger by the River

 

 

wingApoloniaXwing 10 yrs ago
svagat!!!

 

 

I'd like to join round 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Already picked two books from Dancesports - new record for the shortest time on the VBB list.... 30 min. But travelling around half the world.
The list will soon go to chuckles...

 

 

can you please tell me who you are or I can't send the books to you! I see from the round 2 list that 2 have been taken from the list but nobody has PM'd me about them or requested them here. I need to know who you are and your addresses please! They are The Inheritance of Loss and From the Land of Green Ghosts. Thanks.

Round 2 list with me. Will get in touch soon with my choices and replacements!

 

I would like to try...

Lan Samantha Chang-Inheritance
Anchee Min-Red Azalea
Ye Zhaoyan-Nanjing 1937
Xinran-The good women of China

Sorry ApoloniaX, looks like 3 of them are yours! It's ok, you can send them seperate or cheap post or whatever. No hurry! Will PM you and soffitta1 in a minute. Thanks for letting me take part!

 

Hey that actually saves postage to send three in one package! No problem at all!

 

 

Desai goes to Dancesports
and Ghosts to Shroffland

 

 

 

welcome, you're in... The VBB is coming your way soon.. it's travelling very fast.... (today is the record: 4 people!)

 

 

This VBB is rushing around the world like crazy today: Australia - Germany - Scotland - India - Canada!
Within the last ten hours I've made four updates. Great books coming and going....

 

Hey all! Here are my choices and additions:

Picked out:

Rohinton Mistry: Family Matters - Shroffland (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7636895

Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – chucklesthescot
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7267318


And my additions:

Kiran Desai: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7675435

Pico Iyer: The Lady and The Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7679761

I'm reading Hullabaloo right now and it'll be up for grabs in a week. THe second book however, is sitting at home so will take 3 weeks to get to it!
Have PM'ed the owners of the books I picked out. Cheers!

 

My choices:
Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace - Dancesports (TBR)

Kiran Desai: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard – prachitulshan (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7675435

My additions:
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age – jumpingin (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7498252

Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory – jumpingin (TBR)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7251216

 

 

 

welcome! the VBB is moving fast and coming your way soon!

 

shall try to make my choices and replacementes later today or tomorrow.

 

These are my choices:

7. Gao Xingjian: Soul Mountain – chucklesthescot
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7609558

10. Pico Iyer: The Lady and The Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto – prachitulshan (TBR)http://bookcrossing.com/---/7679761

And replacing them with:

Taichi Yamada - Strangers (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7688050

Kien Nguyen - Tapestries (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820

 

 

 

I'm taking out:
An Atlas of Longing and Strangers and replacing them with Fox Girl and The Railway (TBR). Great list, look forward in participating again if their is another round

 

 

Thanks okyrhoe for Queen of Dreams!
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6894677

 

Taking out 'The Bonesetters Daughter' by Amy Tan and
'Falling Leaves' by Adeline Yen Mah

Replacing with :
'A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers' by Xiaolu Guo (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7699438 and
'The Mistress of Spices' by chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (TBR)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7700573

 

By surface, but it will get there eventually!

 

 

wingJ4shawwing 10 yrs ago
My choices

Books I would like please (truely no rush, please send surface mail to the address on my profile)

Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory – jumpingin (TBR)
Anchee Min: Empress Orchid – chucklesthescot
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age – jumpingin (TBR)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The Mistress of Spices – Dancesports (TBR)




Books I am putting in:

Wei Hui: Shanghai Baby AVL
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7512417

Liza Crihfield Dalby: The Tale of Murasaki TBR
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7690163

Ma Yan: The Diary of Ma Yan TBR
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7671674

Jin Xing: Shanghai Tango: A Memoir TBR
http://bookcrossing.com/---/7671672

 

 

Thanks for adding those books, J4shaw!

 

wingsoffitta1wing 10 yrs ago
So quick!
My choices: Nada Awar Jarrar: Dreams of Water – chucklesthescot
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7515431
& Hamid Ismailov: The Railway – katrinat (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6962836

and adding:
The Concubine of Shanghai (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7620324
The Lost Daughter of Happiness (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7620318

 

 

Thanks ApoloniaX for sending me 'Waiting' by Ha Jin and also an extra surprise book 'Slate and me and Blanche McBride' by Georgia Savage - a Tasmanian author. Beautifully wrapped in newspaper and sticky tape, I tried to read some of the articles but can only recognise a few words, 3 years of high school German, which was about 30 years ago, doesn't help much. I only remember nouns like eine Tische and eine Fenster; which would make for pretty boring news. Thank you also for the stamps - which I wll give to my mum along with some from Denmark and the US.

 

I've chosen these two:

5 Nora Okja Keller: Fox Girl - katrinat
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7390227

7 Wei Hui: Shanghai Baby – J4shaw
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal /7512417

And here are the replacements:

Nien Cheng: Life and Death in Shanghai (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7704489

Chitra Divakuruni: Queen of Dreams (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6894677

Thanks for including me again, ApoloniaX!

 

 

 

Yes, please!

 

And there will be a third round soon....

 

I stll have 6 or so to read, no complaints here, just wondering where I will fit them in, I nearly need a calendar or schedule for reading - how fantastic is that!!

 

 

Books of round two:
I. Allan Sealy: The Brainfever Bird http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6746671
Amy Tan: The Bonesetter's Daughter http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7604040
Anuradha Roy: An Atlas of Impossible Longing http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7616753
Rohinton Mistry: Family Matters http://bookcrossing.com/---/7636895
Adeline Yen Mah: Falling Leaves http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6415693
Bharati Mukherjee: Tree Bride http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7357172
Hisako Matsubara: Cranes at Dusk http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6082166
Inheritance: Lan Samantha Chang http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7618852
Rav Shankar Etteth: The Tiger by the River http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7685178
Liu Hong: Startling Moon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667008
Ding Xiaoqi: Maidenhome http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667016
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7685185
Anchee Min: Red Azalea http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7417869
Ma Jian: Stick Out Your Tongue http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7667985
Xinran: The Good Women of China http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7612426
V. S. Naipaul: Magic Seeds http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6549643
Ye Zhaoyan: Nanjing 1937 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452840
Gao Xingjian: Soul Mountain http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7609558
Anchee Min: Empress Orchid http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4239704
Nada Awar Jarrar: Dreams of Water http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7515431
Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7267318
Kiran Desai: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard http://bookcrossing.com/---/7675435
Pico Iyer: The Lady and The Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto http://bookcrossing.com/---/7679761
Tahmima Anam: A Golden Age http://bookcrossing.com/---/7498252
Tash Aw: The Harmony Silk Factory http://bookcrossing.com/---/7251216
Taichi Yamada: Strangers http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7688050
Kien Nguyen: The Tapestries http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820
Hamid Ismailov: The Railway http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6962836
Nora Okja Keller: Fox Girl http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7390227
Xiaolu Guo: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7699438
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The Mistress of Spices http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7700573
Wei Hui: Shanghai Baby http://bookcrossing.com/---/7512417
Liza Crihfield Dalby: The Tale of Murasaki http://bookcrossing.com/---/7690163
Ma Yan: The Diary of Ma Yan http://bookcrossing.com/---/7671674
Jin Xing: Shanghai Tango: A Memoir http://bookcrossing.com/---/7671672
The Concubine of Shanghai http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7620324
The Lost Daughter of Happiness http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7620318
Nien Cheng: Life and Death in Shanghai http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7704489
Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6894677
Anchee Min: The Last Empress http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680131
Gita Mehta: A River Sutra http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7611654
Mineko Iwasaki: Geisha of Gion http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680118

 

 

 

Apologies for the delay in sending but the week before Christmas is a time to avoid posting in the UK! All books are packaged ready to go in the next week. Look forward to round 3!

 

 

 

I was going to wait and make my choices later today but the temptation is too strong.
I'm taking out:
A River Sutra (oxryhoe) and Maidenhead (Dancesports)

I'm trying to add a bit of variety in terms of countries - at the moment the box is very Chinese, so I have selected to books from my TBR pile (I'll shuffle them to the top)

Funny Boy,Shyam Selvadurai (Sri Lanka)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6208623

Miles From Nowhere, Nami Mun (Korea)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7658559

 

 

I am sorry to say that I have been in the hospital for the past four weeks with a severe pneumonia(missed the entire 2009 Holiday season...). I jusdt got home Sunday.

Somehow, Round 2 seems a blur. I will PM each of you who are waiting for books or my address, and will update Journals over the next couple of weeks.

Bookcrossing surprises were among the lovely packages to greet me when I got home, and I treasure this wonderfully generous community.

Angana

 

Good to hear from you! Hope you get better soon!
I already passed on your address to chuckles
PMing you about your books from round 1.

 

Will make my choices later today :)

Edit: Here are my choices

3 Geling Yan: The Lost Daughter of Happiness – soffitta1 (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7620318

8 Kiran Desai: The Inheritance of Loss – ApoloniaX
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7601370

And replacing them with:

- Da Chen: Colours of the Mountain (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7498255

- Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5618934

 

 

 

Strangers by Taichi Yamada, apparently a Japanese ghost story. I look forward to reading this in the next few months

 

Stories from Laos and The Cave of the Yellow Dog
thanks :)

 

1 Kien Nguyen: The Tapestries – Tsjara (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7452820
9 Shyam Selvadurai: Funny Boy – katrinat (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6208623

... and to go in:
1. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (TBR)

2. Mother's Beloved (TBR)

 

Mother´s Beloved to Chucklesthescot
The Lost Daughter of Happiness to Tsjara

 

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