Laos Why We Cannot Forget: Memoirs of Shared Histories, Jose V Fuentecilla (July 2024)
Laos: Why We Cannot Forget; Memoirs of Shared Histories, Jose V Fuentecilla (July 2024)

In the 1960s, bands of adventurous Filipinos found themselves spending years in communal, austere lifestyles while doing foreign aid work. They were healthcare workers, engineers, teachers, agriculturists, nutritionists. The existing model for international assistance during that period was Northern white rich to Southern black or brown. The Filipinos were going to do something else not tried before in Laos. It was an Asian-to-Asian effort that exemplified an interesting example of development aid unique in Lao history and perhaps in Philippine history.

For much of the past three months, the northeastern Indian state of Manipur—nestled right up against the border with Myanmar—has been the site of a conflict between two groups: the majority Meiteis and the minority Kukis. The fighting—with scenes of brutal violence, looting of police stations, and burnt places of worship—even sparked a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Banking with Chopsticks, Anne Depaulis (August 2023)
Banking with Chopsticks, Anne Depaulis (August 2023)

You would never associate tree climbing goats or Fengshui with Investment Banking… Banking with Chopsticks will change your mind about the world of finance. The book is a personal insight into the world of banking and various cultures, with a focus on China and Japan and a sense of humor. The book begins in London in 1986, the year of the Big Bang, and ends in Geneva with the latest financial crisis of 2008.

Nuclear Minds: Cold War Psychological Science and the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ran Zwigenberg (University of Chicago Press, July 2023)
Nuclear Minds: Cold War Psychological Science and the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ran Zwigenberg (University of Chicago Press, July 2023)

In 1945, researchers on a mission to Hiroshima with the United States Strategic Bombing Survey canvassed survivors of the nuclear attack. This marked the beginning of global efforts—by psychiatrists, psychologists, and other social scientists—to tackle the complex ways in which human minds were affected by the advent of the nuclear age. A trans-Pacific research network emerged that produced massive amounts of data about the dropping of the bomb and subsequent nuclear tests in and around the Pacific rim.

A Most Noble Life: The Biography of Ashrafunnisa Begum (1840–1903), Muhammadi Begum, CM Naim (trans) (Orient BlackSwan, December 2022)
A Most Noble Life: The Biography of Ashrafunnisa Begum (1840–1903), Muhammadi Begum, CM Naim (trans) (Orient BlackSwan, December 2022)

A Most Noble Life is the extraordinary story of Ashrafunnisa Begum, who was born in an obscure village in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, taught herself to read and write, in secret, against the wishes of her elders and prevailing norms, and went on to teach and inspire generations of young girls at the Victoria Girls’ School—the first school for girls in Lahore. Her unusual life was written about with great poignancy by Muhammadi Begum—the first woman to edit a journal in Urdu, and a prolific writer of fiction and poetry for adults and children, and instructional books for women during her brief life.