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Dragons and Tigers: A Geography of South, East, and Southeast Asia, Third Edition is the only book that covers all three regions - South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. It is the most comprehensive book on the market for a Geography of Asia course. It contains updated and additional maps covering distribution of religions, physical features, linguistic and religious pluralism in Southeast Asia, and more. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, the author discusses evolving physical and cultural landscapes. New to this edition is added content coverage on the impact of globalization, environmental issues, recent environmental disasters and their effects on the region, the recent global economic crisis, migration and urbanization, gender and child welfare issues, religious conflict, agribusiness and sustainability and new patterns of trade.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Big Picture: Major Influences.

Snake Charming.

Reading Place Names.


The Colonial City.

Chapter 2. Environments and People.

The Pacific Ring of Fire.

Coral Reefs.

Riches of the Tropical Forests.

Plants, Animals, and Medicine.

Fate of the Tiger.

Chapter 3. Population, Gender, and Disparity.

Thinking and Acting Collectively.

Personal Experiences with Health Care in Asia.

Sri Lanka’s Success in Education and Health.

The Saga of Srey Rath.

Chapter 4. Development, Urbanization, Migration, and Quality of Life.

The Middle-Class.

Smoking Asia.

Air Space.

The Virtual Receptionist.

Chapter 5. Agriculture, Food, and Food Security.

Rice and Society.

Avian Flu.

Reef Fisheries.

Street Foods.

Vitamin A and Blindness.

Chapter 6. South Asia: Creating Dilemmas of Diversity.

Monsoon and Life Cycles.

Women: Subjugation and Sati.

Elephants and Chess.


Hill Stations.

Gandhi: Great Soul.

Chapter 7. South Asia: Pakistan and the Himalayan States.

Language and Nationalism.

The Village Agricultural Center (VAC).

Violence in Karachi.

“Gross National Happiness”.

Mount Kailas.

About Yaks.

Chapter 8. South Asia: India, Giant of the Subcontinent.

Kerala—a Women’s State?

Tribal Troubles.

India’s Nomads.

The Naxalites.

Demise of the Jajmani System.

Why Waste Waste?

Murari’s Debt.

The Digital Village.

Mrs. Hiyale—the Rag-Picker.

Ganga Ma Is Sick.

Chapter 9. South Asia: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Islands of the Indian Ocean.

The Sunderbans and the Tiger.

Changing Female Activity Space.

Women Working Outside the Home?

Tea: The Global Beverage.

Tsunami 2004.

Chapter 10. East Asia: Center of the World.

Oracle Bones.

The Ways of Writing Chinese.

The Terra-Cotta Army.

Feng Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement.

The Golden Lotus.

The Doctrine of Extraterritoriality.

Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace.

Guerilla Behavior and Tactics.

Chapter 11. China: Great Dragon Rising.

Xinjiang—New Frontier.

Chinese Pigs.

“Open Up the West”.

Cars, Cell Phones, and the Web.

Shanghai: Head of the Dragon.

The Global Sweater Factory.

A Spark of Light at Rizhao.

Chapter 12. Japan: Century 21.

Japanese Writing.



A City that Wants Immigrants.

Honorable Rice.

Ashio’s Declining Fortunes.

The Yakuza Network.

Chapter 13.  Korea and Taiwan: Tigers Rising.



Travel in Dear Leader’s Land.


The Development of Cheju (Jeju-do).

Overseas Koreans.

Chapter 14. Southeast Asia: Transition among the Nagas.

Bali’s Subak Irrigation.

Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.

Angkor Wat.

The Spice Islands.

The Dutch Cultivation (Culture) System.

A Bitter Battle: French Indochina.

The Spread of Disease.

Chapter 15. Mainland Southeast Asia: Turmoil and Peace.

The Demise of Teak.

Rules of SLORC/SPDC.

Inle Lake’s Floating Agriculture.

Cyclone Nargis.

What’s a Wat?

New Theory Farming.

Ya Baa.

Doi Moi.

The Plain of Jars.

The Killing Fields.

Death Awaits.

Chapter 16. Insular Southeast Asia.

Whence “Malay”?

The Perankanan.

Rural Poverty.

The Proton Saga.

Brunei: Micro-State.

The Rules.





The Chainsaw Massacre.

Subic Bay.


Recommended Web Sites.



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