The Philippines: Land and
People. Manila: The Kalinangan
This series of four volumes was produced as a project of Mrs. Imelda
Marcos by a number of prominent Philippine scholars. It covers all regions
of the Philippines plus Metro Manila. The series not only explores
Philippine history beginning with pre-Spanish time, but also examines the
geography, sociology, culture, rising nationalism, and other facets of
Philippine life. The very readable material is constantly interrupted by
interesting photos and drawings of Filipino life. This series shows the
Philippines from a Philippine perspective.
Probing China's Soul. San Francisco: Harper and
Row Publishers, 1990.
Using her resources from the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and
Taiwan, as well as her own personal experiences, Ching seeks to analyze the
causes of the student revolt and bloody aftermath of Tienanmen Square of
June 4, 1989. To probe the soul of China, she looks back to the formation
of the Communist Party in Shanghai in 1921, the rise of Mao Zedong, the
causes and effects of the Cultural Revolution, and the power struggles under
Mao and Deng Xiaoping. She asserts the desire of the Chinese to be free
human beings as well as patriotic citizens, and affirms that true religious
freedom cannot be attained without freedom of speech and association.
Hall, G. D. E..
A History of Southeast Asia. St. Martin's Press,
Third Edition, 1968.
An unmatched, almost encyclopedic compendium of Southeast Asian matters.
Erudite and clear, Hall's volume belongs on all shelves as a point of
In Our Image: America's Empire in the
Philippines. Ballantine Books, 1989.
The most westernized of Asia's lands, the Philippines passed from Spain's
evangelistically oriented hegemony to that of the United States. Replete
with contemporary applications, the book describes how the Americans tried
to reshape the islanders in their own image.
Reischauer, Edwin O and Fairbank, John King.
East Asia: The Great
Tradition. Houghton Mifflin, Volume
Drawing on their vast experience and profound scholarship, the authors
have created a foundation work for those interested in Asia. This volume
moves the various civilizations of East Asia to the brink of modernization.
Rizal, Jose. Noli Me Tangere.
(Translation by Leon Guerrero).
Hong Kong: Longman Group and Company
This famous novel by the great hero of the Filipinos, "Touch Me Not,"
gives a graphic picture of the conditions that led to the Philippine
Revolution against Spain at the close of the nineteenth century. The reader
can thus better discern the foundations for nationalism that arose in the
Philippines following the production of this book.
Spence, Jonathan D..
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. Penguin,
The prospective missionary can learn at the feet of one of the West's
first and most successful messengers to the celestial kingdom. Spence
marvelously illuminates Ricci's extraordinary missionary accomplishments.
Andres, Tomas D. and Ilada-Andres, Pilar Corazon B..
The Filipino. Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publishers, 1987.
Andres and Andres give a profile of the Filipino, emphasizing
particular cultural traits and foundations of the Filipino value
system. Much attention is given to the practical day-by-day
interactions of Philippine society and ethical, normative behavior
patterns. Some attention is also given to expatriates in Filipino
The Chinese Looking Glass. Dell, 1972.
A popularly-written volume, this is for the beginner in Asian
studies. Written by a journalist long resident in Asia, the work
is an excellent introduction to "what makes the Chinese tick."
. The Book Of Chinese Beliefs: A Journey Into
The Chinese Inner World. Great Britain: The Anchor Press, 1983.
Earth magic, ghost weddings, passports to the after-life--
the spirit world of the Chinese exists side-by-side with everyday
reality, and affects every aspect of Chinese life from diet and
decor to getting married or opening a business. This is a
fascinating introduction to a rich culture where the dead are ever
present and even the siting of a house or village is governed by
the laws of earth magic.
Christopher, Robert C..
The Japanese Mind. Fawcett Columbine,
This is an excellent primer, a perceptive appraisal of the
elusive Japanese culture. Christopher seeks to explain, not
Japan's economic achievement, but its people and the broad spectrum
of their lives.
Church, Timothy A..
Filipino Personality: A Review of Research
and Writings. Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1986.
This Monograph was produced by the author while he was a
Visiting Professor at De La Salle University in Manila. It
contains descriptive surveys of valued characteristics of Filipinos
penetrates to the world view of that society. Its examination of
important traits of Filipino values is quite useful.
Nelson, Lynn H. and Peebles, Patrick.
Classics of Eastern Thought.
Harcourt Brace Javonovich, 1991.
An exceptionally valuable source book, this provides English
translations of some fifty Asian texts. Ranging through time from
400 B. C. to the present, Asian religious, literary, political, and
philosophical figures speak for themselves.
Spence, Jonathan D..
The Search For Modern China. Norton, 1990.
A remarkable achievement by one of the West's most eminent
sinologists. A book for those who truly wish to know China.
Steadman, John M..
The Myth of Asia: A Refutation of Western
Stereotypes of Asian Religion, Philosophy, Art and Politics. Simon
and Schuster, 1969.
The title aptly describes the purpose of the book. An
Antidote to simplistic views of Asia common in the West; the
essential commonalities of man emerge.
Welty, Paul T..
The Asians: Their Evolving Heritage. Harper and
Row, Sixth Edition, 1984.
This basic book introduces to westerners the social and
economic environment, together with the variety of thought systems,
prevalent in Asia. Start with this book if you wish to know Asia.
Bong Rin Ro (Editor).
Christian Alternatives To Ancestor
Practices. Taiwan: Asia Theological Association, 1985.
"If I become a Christian, do I have to stop participating in
the ancestor worship rituals of my family?" Most first-generation
Chinese, Japanese and Korean Christians in East Asia are battling
this crucial issue as they attempt to find Christian alternatives
to these practices. In this book, sixteen Asians and four western
Christians express their views on this crucial issue from the
biblical, historical, practical and grass roots perspectives, and
provide Asian Christians with alternatives to ancestral practices.
The China Mission Handbook. Hong Kong: Chinese
Church Research Center, 1989.
This book is a primer for those just learning about
Christianity in China. The book is divided into three parts
giving: (1) the history of Christianity in China and the dynamics
of its growth, (2) a guide to China's provinces and its minorities,
and (3) a practical directory of bibliographical sources, cities,
registered churches, and tips for Christian visitors.
Henry, Rodney L..
Filipino Spirit World. Manila: OMF Publishers,
A good primer for the examination of the underlying animism of
many Filipino people over which Catholicism and Protestantism have
been laid. The result has been "Folk Catholicism" and "Folk
Protestantism." While the "imported" religion focuses on ultimate
concerns, the traditional ceremonies are used to wrestle with
Growing churches Singapore Style: Ministry In An
Urban Context. Singapore: Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1985.
"The churches have not done well in most of the cities of the
world," says Keith Hinton. "The great People Movements have taken
place among country people. Singapore is, in this and many ways,
a remarkable urban exception. There is a People Movement daily
gaining momentum in Singapore, and that has caused the church to
grow from somewhere between one and three percent of the population
in 1959 to over eleven percent today. It is that phenomenon which
is to become the focus of this study."
"The Triangle Relation: Hong Kong, China, and
the Vatican," Missiology, 19 (April, 1991); 217-229.
This article shows the importance of Hong Kong in Sino-Vatican
relationships. The Vatican in various ways is using Hong Kong as
a bridge between itself and mainland China. Five current types of
bridges, frequently at odds with each other, are described in the
article. Hong Kong is significant to Catholic plans because the
British plan to restore Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
McInnes, Donald E.,
Religious Policy and Practice in Communist
A comprehensive study of the religious situation in China
during the decades of the 1950's and 1960's.
__________________, Religion in China Today: Policy and Practice.
Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1989.
This book, a companion to McInnes' earlier work, is a
comprehensive compilation of documents regarding Chinese religious
policy during the 1980's.
The Christian Answer To Ancestral Worship. Malaysia:
Asian Beacon, 1979.
This booklet is an attempt to meet the immediate, urgent need
existing among Christians in Malaysia and Singapore concerning the
issue of ancestral worship. It does not profess to give the
perfect answer, but has been written with the hope that it will
help the individual himself to come to his own Christian answer to
The Philippine Church: Growth In A Changing
Society. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing
In this addition to the Eerdmans Church Growth series studies
in the development of mission around the world, Arthur L. Tuggy
provides an exhaustive examination and analysis of the Philippine
church. Two important principles emerge from this study. The
first major consideration stressed by the author is the fact that
the Church grows in a specific context - within the matrix of
society itself - and that mission efforts, therefore, must take
into account the whole range of social and cultural "givens"
operative within that context. The second basic principle of
church growth finding expression in this book is that the great
advances of the Church have not occurred at just any time,
regardless of the historical and social environment; rather, these
advances have always happened at special, historically opportune
Religion in China: 100 Questions and Answers. Beijing:
New Star Publishers, 1991.
This writing reports the official positions of the Communist
government on religious activities in the country.
Asiaweek Ltd., P.O. Box 60280, Tsat Tze Miu Post Office,
Magazine for Asia, similar to Time or Newsweek, published
weekly since 1975. Contents: Key economic indicators, stocks,
currencies, bank rates, editorials, business and finance, life and
mood, international affairs, world headlines, passage, sport,
eyewitness, health, art and culture, people, new ideals, boardroom,
people to watch and perspective. United States address: Asiaweek
Ltd., c/o Expediters of the Printed Word Ltd., 2323 Randolph
Avenue, Avenel, N. J. 07001. Annual subscription is $127.00.
China News and Church Report, Edited by Jonathan Chao.
P.O. Box 312, Shat'in Central Post Office, N.T., Hong Kong.
A weekly service of the Chinese Church Research Center for
Christian leaders. It provides information concerning current
religious news in the People's Republic of China.
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