I have never been to East Asia but that area has always fascinated me.  When the opportunity came up to review this book I was delighted, and needless to say not disappointed.  Jennifer L. Smith paints a true account of the daily lives of ordinary people as well as an explanation of the area, education, hospitalization, rice farming, and street vending. After reading this book I am understanding more of the occurrences that my pedicurist, an immigrant from Vietnam, experienced while living in her home country. 

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In the 150 pages I felt I understood enough to do further research on the areas of more interest to me.  I believe this book would be a perfect introduction for those that are considering a trip to East Asia because it will certainly give a better understanding of what to expect.