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  • By Victor Lim Nguyen Jr.
    Sep 26, 2009
    "Fadul's Kites in History, in Teaching & in Therapy" It has come to my attention that this book comes in several editions: from the relatively inexpensive black-&-white paperback, to the full-color case-wrap hardback coffee-table type edition that I have asked our librarian to purchase for our school. This review is almost a copy of the one I gave for the hardback edition. As a former president of the Kite Art Club of Viet Nam, and a freelance writer, it gives me pleasure to review Fadul's book on kites. Let me start with the cover: it shows a pubescent girl's back flying an unattractive kite. I wonder why the author chose this picture for the front cover. I think the book's back cover where the author is shown flying a kite with a boy looking up (his son?) could have been the front cover. the author should note this for the next edition of the book. I'm happy to find three Vietnamese postage stamps featuring three different Vietnamese kites (Butu chinh). The postage... More > stamps featuring different kites from different countries (on pages viii and ix) are very artistically arranged. The section on history is not so comprehensive. There was no mention of the myths and legends from China regarding the origin or accidental discovery of tethered flight. But Fadul is careful not to let pure speculation to taint his history. He is very honest in saying that he found "no employment of kites by the Filipinos during the Filipino-American War ... and the Second World War" in his country. Likewise, the section on teaching with kites is incomplete. The author could have visited Viet Nam last March 2009 when an international kite festival was held in my country and various ways to teach using kites were featured. In Viet Nam, kites are used in teaching engineering courses. The section on therapy surprised me, although I have long suspected that kite flying is therapeutic, calming the nerves. Further, the book mentioned about a dysfunctional family having kite making and kite flying activities as part of their therapy. The book may have a limited audience: kite artisans and enthusiasts, but I cannot overstate this book's contributory value in conservation of the disappearing Asian art of kite-making. However, Fadul could have focused more on the YouTube uploads made on kite activities and the results of his qualitative research. --Victor L. Nguyen, the son< Less
  • By Vicente Johnson Serrano Jr.
    Aug 25, 2009
    "This black-&-white edition of the book" As I mentioned in my review of the full-color edition of the book, I need to read a book like this before I die. The metaphors of kite flying in life are numerous. They are presented in the book in simple language that ordinary people can understand but deep enough for philosophy. For instance, we have but one sky and one earth, and anyone from any station or position in life may fly a kite; I need to have a strong frame if I expect to fly high. And of course, that no kite is expected to stay up there forever reminds us of our mortality. The pictures of the stamps featuring kites from different countries turned out beautiful even in gray scale. Though gray is the color of sorrow, it can be beautiful that if I die soon, I would like to be a kite in my other life. I am intrigued by the presence of male and female kites in Thailand and other Asian countries. Are there no gay and lesbo kites? I wonder when shall society shift out of... More > this bias? Reading the book in itself is therapeutic (a kind of bibliotherapy) and I wonder if the teacher-author realized this. Well, even writing this book must have been therapeutic for the him. If this appears somewhat confusing to the reader, it may be that the reader and I do not share the same assumptions about the nature of psychotherapy, particularly as it applies to family therapy, and neither I nor the author should be surprised by that.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780557085897
Edition
Inexpensive A4 Paperback Edition
Publisher
Lulu Press
Published
August 5, 2009
Language
English
Pages
90
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.7 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
Product ID
5256303
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