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Brill's Encyclopedia of China
DS755 .B86 2009
China Today : an Encyclopedia of Life in the People's Republic
DS777.6 .C458 2005 (REF Education Library)
Provides entries on topics covering politics, the economy and culture of both the People's Republic of China and Taiwan since 1949. Includes cross-references, a chronology and illustrations.
Encyclopedia of India
REF DS407 .E62 1992 (32 vols.)
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
REF DS4 .E53 2002
Provides detailed entries arranged alphabetically. Entries include black and white photographs and maps, and sidebars provide interesting and relevant information: for example regional recipes are available under the entry for "cuisine".
Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre
REF PN2921 .L45 2006
Addresses the four genres of traditional Japanese theatre from many perspectives, including actors, theatres, companies, history, makeup, costumes, masks, biographies, theories, training, music, religion, and criticism. Includes a chronology and glossary.
Historical dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre PN2921 .L45 2006
Covers major aspects of Japan's post-war economy including: banks; financial systems; major industries; corporate groups, management practices; labour unions; international trade and investments; and government economic policies.
South Asian Folklore : an Encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka