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General Resources:

A wonderful resource with links to many noted African poets.

Presented by Fordham University, this site provides detailed information about the historical development of various regions in Africa.

Presented by the BBC World Service, this multimedia site provides information on regions, religions, and traditions of various African cultures.

A guide to the economic, historical and cultural traditions of Africa, broken down by country.

A comprehensive listing of various noted writers from the continent of Africa.



The University of Pennsylvanias African Studies Center maintains this site with a great deal of information about the history, current status, and areas of concern for peoples of the Ethiopia.


Of Beetles and Angels:


South Africa:

Compiled by the CIA, this site provides a great deal of political, economic and socio-economic background for South Africa.

A beautifully designed web page with multimedia (photos, interviews, movies, etc.) about the culture and current status of the country.

More history about the divide between the Afrikaans and the English. A good historical background for understanding The Power of One.

A truly powerful site about the impact of apartheid in South Africa.

A great deal of information about the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela.

A beautiful presentation on the voices of Africa. A wealth of information on apartheid.


The Power of One:

Straight from the authors mouthokay, keyboard in this case. This beautifully designed site gives you background, perspective and a chance to interact with other readers and the author himself regarding his texts.


General Resources:

Hosted by the University of Albany, this site provides a wealth of details on the culture, history and conflicts within the Middle East.

A wealth of information about the modern history of cultures in the Middle East as presented by Fordham University.

A wealth of resources presented by the University of Pennsylvania on both ancient and modern times in the Middle East.

Mesopotamia and History:

Presented by Fordham University, this site provides detailed information about the historical development of various regions in Mesopotamia.

The epic and its history online.

This site provides an extensive list of various flood stories from many different culture and provides a nice point of comparison for the flood readers find in Gilgamesh.

A basic history and outline of the epic.

Excellent information, details, and graphics about the steps of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey


General Resources:

Good background on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.

A site packed with images, information, and links.

Links to fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry and essays all by and about South Asian women. An amazing resource.


A site with a number of historical resources about Indias path to independence.

The links option on this site provides good current information.

Presented by Fordham University, this site provides detailed information about historical development s, background of Hinduism, Islam and other cultural traditions.

This site provides a wealth of information about the story of Rama, one of the intertexts of In Beautiful Disguises. The site is filled with pictures, glossary, and information about Hinduism.

The Mahabharata is an ancient religious epic of India. As the background text for In Beautiful Disguises, understanding the basics of The Mahabharata is important to understanding various levels of the text.

Another good site with a wealth of background information on the Mahabharata.

Provides good background information. Can you make connections to the Epic of Gilgamesh?


General Resources:

The official U.S. government publication and study materials for China. This site contains a pure wealth of information on topics ranging from contemporary politics to geography to culture to history.

An amazing site presented by the University of Maryland with information about various dynasties. Additionally, the linked page www-chaos.umd.edu/history/toc.html provides a wealth of historical information.

A great deal of information about the Cultural Revolution, its history and impact.

An interesting site with the basic tenets of China's major philosophical and religious movements.

Links to a number of important cultural online texts, including the Tao Te Ching, I-Ching, and others.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress:

This site contains book reviews, synopsis of the text, and some good discussion questions.

A very detailed and interesting biography of Balzac and his work.

Page down through all the copyright information and you too can read the book that Luo and the narrator of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress were fascinated with.

The University of Washington's Burke Museum is hosting an online exhibit with a wealth of information and images about the Chinese Revolution and Re-education. Interesting propaganda posters and Mao's red book are posted.


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