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The Golden dragon

Author: Neimantas, Romualdas

Romualdas Neimantas is the writer, the doctor of history science, one of the most prominent explorer of Eastern cultures, Lithuania‘s and Eastern cultural interactions, also known as a person, who devoted his whole life for East Asia region, cognition, exploration and travelling. Author in the book “The golden dragon“ not only talks about Daoizm which is one of the oldest filosophy and religion in China but also tries to find a unique way how to perceive China. Having consideration in that, author refers to his old acquintance professor Lin Bo thoughts.  Professor claims, that “China is the dragon, who has thousands of faces. If you want to understand China, you have to find a dragon… The golden dragon who is the body, the soul and the blood of China.“ The main goal in this book is to find the Golden dragon which lies in Chinese philosophy, art and perception of the world. More

Vietnam. Singapore. Bali. Magical South East Asia

Author: Domkuvienė, Violeta

This book gives perfect opportunities to plunge into three magic countries of Southeastern Asia. The author describes three countries figuratively and in a defiantly way, which she has visited. It is Vietnam, Singapore and the island of Bali. The author of the book shortly tells the   history , customs and traditions of the visited countries, which can give the reader a shock, and also describes her own adventures in the visited countries, a few of which are funny  and some of which will … More

Iran, or the Other Side of the moon

Author: Abramavičius, Marius

Book presents Muslim country, Iran. Writer visits not only famous cities such as capital Tehran, cultural Shiraz or historic Isfahan, also pointing out more remote and less polluted and chaotic , not hazed by traffic jam cities. Journey starts at Tehran, later are visited on the way situated smaller central and borderline provinces of Iran, which have unique rhythm of life and perfectly presents diversity of Iran’s society. Journey through Iran is seen not by historian or journalist, but as … More

Operacijoje „Irako laisvė”

Author: Maliauskas, Sigitas

“Operacijoje “Irako laisvė” is a book about first Lithuanian soldiers mission in Iraq in 2003. Just by having a quick glance at this book you might think that this is another book about war, but actually, you will find much more.  Every chapter starts with quote from by far famous book about war „The art of war“. These short fragments of brilliant Sun Dzu book makes text very sublime. Sergeant writes about communication between solders, psychological support for each other, … More

World in the Tea Cup

Author: Neimantas, Romualdas

Romualdas Neimantas introduces Japanese culture based on his own experience in the book called „World in the tea cup“. Author is very impressed by the traditions, art and history of the „Land of the Rising Sun“. R. Neimantas describes the most outstanding places and people while travelling through the entire Japan. He also includes some dialogues between the Japanese and himself about various topics, such as art, the tea ceremony or the history of Japan. The book gets you closer to the … More

Own Istanbul

Author: Koruklu, Jolita

This book could be called as guide of Istanbul, whereas best places assortment in the city. Author thinks that Istanbul is like „living organism, which continually changing“, so this book have everything: from history of ancient and modern Istanbul from lifestyles. „Own Istanbul“ is the best assistant for searching Istanbul\’s places. After reading the book, you‘ll know everything how is going and even how to behave in the mosque or market.

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Beijing Diaries

Author: Grainytė, Vaiva

Poet, prose miniatures and essays author Vaiva Grainytė as many students has experienced what it feels to study abroad. By choosing Beijing\’s Central Academy of Drama the writer hoped next to the language studies get known to the local scene arts, to learn more about the Asian theater.
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Devil of Overseas

Author: Jauniškis, Bronius

Two memories by two tellers this is what this book is made of. This documentary novel speaks about Lithuanian missionaries who are preparing for their great spiritual mission in China. This novel takes us back to before and after World War II. While reading this book, readers can easily imagine picturesque scenes from Buddhism, Taoism confessors, their religion and lifestyle. This book also exposes a small part of Confucius truths and what confessors this religion contains of. Also, friendship …and first love these are keywords that makes this book throughout more interesting. More

The flight of three colored eagle

Author: Kuckailis, Ernestas

“I dedicate this book to an army unit, which was the first who went to missions in Afghanistan after Lithuanian army recovery – squadron “Eagle-02” “ – these are the first words of the author in the beginning of the book. Ernestas Kuckailis is one of the first restored Lithuanian National Defence volunteers, who came to serve the country when no one was sure how everything’s going to end, and the probability to lay head for Lithuania was perceived as an inevitability.

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Wind from the East

Author: Paulius, Adolfas

“Wind From The East” is a book with a unique content. This is the very first original literature work done by a Lithuanian author, where the story-line is about one Lithuanian student’s adventures and impressions in the Far East – Xian, China. The author of the book didn’t have a chance to travel to China himself, however, just like he said in one of his interviews, “The main character of the book went there instead of me.”

Xian is the main place where all the action took place. The young Lithuanian came here to visit his childhood friend Pei Sin. Here, in Xian, Pei Sin introduces the Lithuanian to his friends, historians, philosophers and students from other countries, but most importantly he introduces him to a completely new culture. By using all kinds of traditional Chinese legends, history fact and so on, the author introduces the reader with a 5000 year old image of the mysterious China. The new friends reveal lots of different myths, legends (for example the legends about the foxes and the sky fairies), traditional customs. They introduce their friend from abroad with the old culture of China, reveal some of the traditional Chinese celebrations. Even though the main action of the book is during the 21st century, the younger generations of China are still embracing all the traditions and wants their new friend to know as much about them too.

However, here we can see another important topic of the book suddenly appear. It is globalization. China is not as closed as it used to be. More and more people are getting interested in the country, we can see more and more travelers choosing China as their destination. To add, the western impact is getting more and more noticeable. That is why there is a lot of comparison between the Western cultures and China. The main character also enthusiastically shares some legends and stories about his home country Lithuania.

Lastly, for the reader to get to know China’s culture even better, at the very ending of the book the author gives away some of the traditional Chinese gymnastic exercises, old traditional recopies and even a list of Lithuanian – Chinese phrases and some of the most important phone numbers in case the reader would decide to go to the enchanting China. This kind of content when the the book is written is almost a diary form and all the recopies, exercises added to one place makes it even easier for the reader to see the image of China that the author wants to show us. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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