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Per pietinę Indiją, nuo Kabulo iki Stambulo

Authors: Poška, Antanas
Published on: 2012
Publisher: Vilko takas

Antano Poškos „Nuo Baltijos iki Bengalijos” aštuntas tomas užbaigia knygų seriją, kurios išleidimą buvo sumanęs pats autorius, kai sugrįžo iš kelionės po Europą, Afriką, Aziją ir 1939 metais išspausdino pirmąjį tomą. Deja, II pasaulinis karas ir jo sukeltos sumaištys sutrukdė išsipildyti legendinio XX amžiaus lietuvių keliautojo svajonei.  More

The flight of three colored eagle

Authors: Kuckailis, Ernestas
Published on: 2012
Publisher: Vox Altera

“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.


Beijing Diaries

Authors: Grainytė, Vaiva
Published on: (Lietuvių) 2012
Publisher: Vaga

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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Intertekstualumas klasikinėje japonų literatūroje (Intertextuality of Japanese Classical Literature)

Authors: Dalia Švambarytė
Published on: 2011

The monograph compares the links between medieval Japanese and Chinese literature. The text answers the question of how Japanese  integrity of perceiving the world andthe vitality of Japanese speech was preserved under the conditions of the dynamic interaction of texts.

Between Dragons and Bridges: Production of Relational Knowledge about China

Authors: Repečkaitė, Daiva
Published on: 2011

Throughout the history of its representation in the European and North American eyes, China has been viewed as unique, but at the same time placing it on a politico-cultural grid was perceived as a necessity to make theories and discourses work. After a brief period of positioning China in post-socialist transition, its place in representation changed to an exploitative pool of cheap labour and then – to an emerging superpower. Therefore China is as much a testing ground for theories about the development of capitalism and world political systems as it was in the 19th century. The empirical part of this publication discusses how cultural theories, symbols and images powerfully shape the discourse around China in rationalist, economically oriented elite media, and then discusses the role of experts, who position themselves as intermediaries, fluctuating in the field of the rules of various genres of knowledge production. Based on media discourse analysis and interviews with the experts, the author shows how different methods of knowledge production and claim-making interact in shaping political positions at the EU level.

Visos mano Indijos (All my Indias)

Authors: Mickevičienė, Diana
Published on: 2011


Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (1-2)

Published on: 2011, 2012
Publisher: Vytautas Magnus University Press

The two volumes are the result of the continuing international and interdisciplinary collective research project, supported by the Suntory Foundation subsidy programs 2010-2012. This research focuses on the acceptance of Japanese and Korean culture in Europe, which could be considered as one of the most influential factors in constructing the image of these two Asian countries. Sponsored by: Suntory Foundation More

Lotoso kvapas (The Scent of Lotos)

Authors: Samalavičius, Almantas
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Vilniaus pedagoginio universiteto leidykla

The book presents travels through Buddhist countries, especially to the places where hardly any tourists are around. It tells picturesque stories about visited cities, villages, sanctuaries and their architectural features. Also, during the trip there are observations about the local inhabitants’ behavior and mentality, which is influenced by the local form of government and religion (Buddhism/Islam). Topics about work, education, hospitality and goodwill of people are considered as well. Every country by visited Samalavicius’ is pictured by emphasizing a few important stages of country’s development: short narrative about emergence of a country, changes of names of cities, some statistical data and myths. Therefore, after reading the book, it is easy to discover the economic, social and political differences of the mentioned countries. More

Drakono alsavimas: (“Breath of Dragon)

Authors: Dikčius, Raimondas, (Lietuvių) Juocevičiūtė, Goda
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Versus aureus

The book „Dragon breathing“, written by Raimondas Dikcius and Goda Juoceviciute It is about 2 countries and one city in Asia: China, Tibet and Honkong. These writers have a lot of experience in traveling in all these countries so they write only about most interesting regions and places, talking about local people thinking, by the way book has a lot of photos. Authors gave practical sugestions what to do in diffrent situations in diffrent countries. Book gives all atention to cities and cultural matters, not to nature. More

Laiškai iš Drakono kalnų

Authors: Marčiulynas, Kęstutis (Bo Haeng)
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Fortus Vita

Life in the monastery is always full of new discoveries. Not talking about the country which for some of us could look like a strange and unknown part of the world. Of course, it is also important to mark that the rules in the monastery seem to be even stricter than anywhere else.

One of the most important things is the fact that the book is not about boring everyday life what would just make it a diary. It is even more than anybody can expect. At first it is an interesting and breathtaking story influenced by simple everyday life as a newborn monk and secondary it an amazing lesson of Buddhism ideology and understanding of the world. Every part has its own deeper meaning.In conclusion I would like to say that a man in a path of Buddhist monk has gained a great knowledge which is shared in a simple and easy way. In the book cultural differences between Lithuania and Korea is also unwrapped and displayed in the simplest way as possible by letting the reader to understand it fasters without putting too much efforts.This book is really worth to read if you ever found yourself interested in East Asian and religions all over the world and have never lost that curiosity. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU