Questions About Norma Feild

East Asian Books

Book recommendations for a bored East Asian Studies major... I work about 30 hours a week, and during that time I spend, roughly, 25 hours reading, and for the first time in god knows when my 'to-read' pile is tapped. So I need some recommendations. What I want are sort of light(er) weight books dealing with recent historical (opium war onward) and contemporary Asia. Books I've read that I would consider to fit the bill would be...Speed Tribes by Karl Taro Greenfeld, The Asian Mystique by Serridan Passos, In the Realm of a Dying Emperor by Norma Feild, hell, even John Dower's WWII histories. Basically, I want something relatively easy to read (no weighty policy journals...) but still with some substance. Thanks for any suggestions!
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