Three Years in Asia: Forgotten Buddhist Temples, Barefoot Children, and Unexpected Romance

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Between 2000 and 2003, Chris Wedding, a Kentucky native and North Carolina resident, taught in Japan with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. During that time, he sent home letters which described the 80,000 miles and 1,000 days of his life and travels in Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia. This book, with over sixty pictures, is based on these letters. It is part travelogue, part social and environmental commentary, and part humor. The book was inspired by the best-selling comedic travel writings of Bill Bryson. Those who have read Three Years in Asia call it “charming” and “an entertaining portrait of life in Japan” claiming that it makes them “laugh out loud” and feel as if they’re on the journey with the author to “the other side of the world.” 100% of the profits from the sale of this book go to charities which support children in need in Southeast Asia.
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  • By amanda lacer
    Jul 4, 2009
    "Three Years In Asia" Wow! This book reveals a real down to earth look into the cultures of Southeast Asia, providing a special interest in Japanese culture together with his self-emersion and numerous experiences into the day to day living of his "beloved" Japan and Southeast Asia. This author presents his travel experiences in a manner which provides the reader an opportunity to share in the sights, sounds, aromas and the laughter enjoyed as he makes his way into another world. He will take you into the streets of villages in Vietnam and Thailand, into the homes of Japanese friends and rice fields with the native women and children; he will even present the visual, through his descriptive and creative writing, of him hopping off the back of an ox driven cart to play in the rice fields with women and children, slinging rice and "leeches", yes,leeches. The women and children were slinging and laughing as he manuevered his body in various directions trying... More > to avoid being hit by the leeches. If you are young, with a desire to travel and emerse yourself into cultures other than your own, this book will "stir" the urge; if you have a desire to experience other cultures in the comfort of your own home, this "descriptive" and "creative" lively presentation of life in, "Three Years in Asia" by Chris Wedding,is a MUST. Order your copy today!< Less
  • By dfwedding
    Jun 9, 2009
    "Three Years in Asia" This book reveals a descriptive journey of one couples experiences from friendship to a loving relationship through cities, villiages and countysides of Japan and southern Asia with a proposal of marriage under a waterfall in Australia during the Christmas holidays no less. Through his voice the author paints a setting in which you can actually feel as though you are on the journey together. I hope you enjoy this journal of traveling to the other side of the world as much as I have.
    Mar 18, 2009
    "Three years in Asia by Chris wedding" I highly recommend this book. It talks about travel experiences that most people would never have the oppurtunity to do and/or the guts to try. What better way to experience these travels than by looking thru the eyes of someone who actually accomplished these wonderfull trips. Could you see yourself in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand? Maybe by reading this books it would inspire and motivate you to try one or all of these life learning experiences. by Dan Duncan
  • By gingeetg
    Oct 30, 2008
    "a traveler's dream" What's the best thing for a traveler besides traveling? Living vicariously through the adventures of others!! This tasty book is tiding me over while I contemplate my next journey. The author's wit is engaging and his inclusive writing style makes me feel as if I am the one opening the most recent letter. Additionally, his insights into cross-cultural experiences ring true with my own, while also providing new food for thought.
  • By bert1790
    Sep 12, 2008
    "Book gave me new option after graduation" After graduating last year, my friends and I wanted an adventure instead of an office job. Three Years In Asia provided us with the inside scoop we were after. The personal letter format of the book also allowed us to get a look into not just the travels and the culture but the thoughts and insights one might have while living and traveling abroad, especially in a foreign land like Japan. Maybe we'll write our own book when we're finished traveling Asia!
  • By Jake Levitas
    Aug 28, 2008
    "An Asian Adventure" This is a great read for audiences of any age looking for the next-best thing to three years of Asian escapades. It's a personal narrative, but includes a little bit of everything -- philosophy, action-adventure, comedy, romance, and more. From the start, you're hit with Tom Robbins-esque metaphors that have you laughing out loud while describing things you never could have dreamed existed. But perhaps most interesting to me was the aspect of personal reflection - over the course of the book, you see how the author responds to wildly new situations, learns from them, and grows from them over time. The letter format allows you to see a more personal side rarely found in popular travel writing today. As a result, reading the book feels more like you're having a conversation than listening to someone dictate a story. Unique, hilarious, interesting, inspirational...and highly recommended!
  • By Russ Neal
    Aug 24, 2008
    "Three Years in Asia by Chris Wedding" While traveling in North Carolina to visit family, I had the occasion to not only read Chris Weddings musings but also meet briefly meet the author himself. What impressed me most about Wedding's book was that this was not just a recantation of what he had seen and done. The author also included his thoughts and evaluations of his experiences. His honest approach to living and working and traveling in Asia was refreshing, and this impression was confirmed when I met him in person. I particularly enjoyed the section on his travels in Viet Nam as I spent a year of my own life there back in the '70's. It was interesting to learn how life is there now compared to then, and I was very impressed by Wedding's ability to see through the propanganda issuing forth from either side of the conflict. A really good read--highly recommended.
  • By kasey hayden
    Jul 22, 2008
    "Buying my ticket!" After reading this book I urgently began searching for flights abroad. I wanted those see what such a different culture was like (eating fresh raw fish, speaking another language, seeing real geishas and real Japanese temples), to meet new friends and family from a totally different begin to step outside of my tiny world and see what endless other possibilities are out there. This book and the authors humorous and insightful presentation lit a fire within to explore the world and the possibilities around me. I highly recommend this book...a safe and funny way to explore a new world (with beautifully artistic pictures to boot).
  • By banjory
    Jan 9, 2008
    In Three Years in Asia, Chris Wedding edits down and splices together the letters sent home to family during his remarkable life and travels in Asia. The result is a collage of vignettes that produces an honest, insightful, and in many cases silly view of Asia that is not found in the likes of the Economist or the New York Times. Because this is not a conventional narrative, it is probably not the sort of book well suited to a long airplane flight or a rainy Sunday on the couch. Rather, in the spirit of Bryson and Sedaris, this is the type of book picked up here and there during down minutes of one’s day. If used as so prescribed, this book has the ability to transform a cup of coffee into a green tea in a Thai Buddhist monastery, a ride on the subway into a perilous raft journey down a Japanese river, and a visit to the loo into a hilltop perch overlooking monsoon beaten Malaysian jungle. Wedding provides to the Asia-initiated reader excellent nostalgic fodder while also presenting... More > fresh, funny, and insightful perspective. If you have yet to make the journey to Asia yourself, Three Years in Asia takes you there much more cheaply than a plane ticket, though it might just spirit you off to your computer to book your own journey as well. In any case, as with both Bryson and Sedaris, the subject material of Three Years in Asia is only half the fun; the other half lies in becoming passively acquainted with your articulate, down to earth, and very entertaining author.< Less
  • By Cindy Taba
    Nov 3, 2006
    "eye opening!" The first word that comes to mind after reading this traveller's account of new life experiences, new cultures and new romance - is lucky. If you are like many who brave the East, to live or visit - you will enjoy how this book unravels stories of not only hardships of adapting to foreign places but also endearing moments. The author took care in describing his experiences and appreciated his every encounter - that you too will want to take the plunge. Or if you are already the traveller you will be able to relate and share in his passion for travel, learning, and love!
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Chris Wedding
October 1, 2011
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