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Friday, May 6, 2011

Books for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Just heard that it's Asian and ... (well, you read the title of the post), so it's a good excuse for me to list my reading list of authors of Asian descent. It's very heavy on Zen Buddhist and Taoist tracts and ancient works. I go back and forth between pinyin and older transliteration of names and between western and eastern order of surnames - sorry for the confusion. These are also in no particular order.

Kobo Abe- Woman in the Dunes
Ryu Murakami - novels
Sima Qian (Ssuma-Chien) - Records of the Grand Historian of China
Confucius - The Analects
The Great Learning (Ta Hsueh)
The Mean (Chung Yung) (attrib. to Tzu Ssu)
Wang Yang-Ming - Instructions for Practical Living
Natsume Soseki - Kokoro
Junichiro Tanizaki - Makioka Sisters
Kukai - major writings
Mencius (Meng Tzu)
Chikamatsu Manzaemon, et. al. - major Noh plays
Mo Tzu
Tu Fu - poems
Cao Xueqin (Tsao Hsueh-ch'in) - Dream of the Red Chamber (Story of the Stone)
Lu Xun (Lu Hsun) - sel.short stories
Kazuo Ishiguro - novels, especially:Remains of the Day
Yasunari Kawabata - A Thousand Cranes; Beauty and Sadness
Lao Tzu - Tao te Ching
Chuang Tzu
Hsun Tzu
Han Fei Tzu
Chu Hsi - Doctrine of the Mean; Reflection of Things at Hand
Lotus Sutra
Awakening of Faith in Mahayana
Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
The Water Margin (All Men Are Brothers)
Wu Ch'eng-en - Journey to the West
Xiao Xiaosheng - The Golden Lotus
Li Po (Li Ho) - poema
Wang Wei - poems
Writings of the Zen Master Hakuin
Sei Shonagon - Pillow Book
Murasaki Shikibu - The tale of Genji
Lady Murasaki - Diary
Ihara Saikaku - novels
Matsuo Basho - Narrow Road to the Deep North and other travelogues
Takeda Izumo - Chushingura
Shih Ching
I Ching
Poetry of T'ao Ch'ien
Wu Ch'ing-Tzu - The Scholars
Wang Ch'ung - essays
Chen P'ing Mei
Kamo no Chomei - An Account of My hut
Po Chu-i - poetry
Tokutomi Kenjiro - Footsteps in the Snow
Kenko - Essays in Idleness
Yuan Mei - Poems
Sugawara Takasue (Lady Sarashima) - As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams
Hung Sheng - Palace of Eternal Youth
P'u Shung-Ling - Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio
Shimazaki Toson - Broken Commandment
Su Tung-P'o - Selections from a Sung Dynasty Poet
Ch'u Tz'u - Songs of the South
Kawabata Yasunari - The Thousand Cranes; The Snow Country
Li Yu - poems
Yukio Mishima - Sea of Fertility; Temple of the Golden Pavillion
Lin Yutang - Importance of Living
A Thousand Years of Vietnamese Poetry
Anthology of Korean Poetry
The Blue Cliff Record
The Book of Serenity (tr. Thomas Cleary)
Haruki Murakami - Kafka On the Shore; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Park Kyong-ni - Land
Jung Chang - Wild Swans
Jo Jung-rae - The Taebek Mountains
Kenzaburo Oe - Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring
Akutagawa Ryunosuke - Rashomon and Other Stories
Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club

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