OK, here's the reading list. Plenty of selection, all readable. Follow your interests. I physically saw a good number of these at Barnes & Noble, but you can get them online and probably at other places, too. The links are to Amazon, where you can find reviews, but use your own judgment about where to buy these.
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson (Paperback - Dec 18, 2007)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Hardcover - May 22, 2007)
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Paperback - Jan 30, 2007)
Staircase of a Thousand Steps by Masha Hamilton (Paperback - May 7, 2002)
Snakes and Ladders by Gita Mehta (Paperback - April 13, 1998)
Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman (Paperback - Oct 12, 1987)
Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now by Jan Wong (Paperback - May 19, 1997)
The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family by Duong Van Mai Elliott (Paperback - April 20, 2000)
Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong (Paperback - Aug 1, 2005)
The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan by Eiko Ikegami (Paperback - Mar 25, 1997)
Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World (California Studies in Food and Culture, 11) by Theodore C. Bestor (Paperback - Jul 12, 2004)
The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family by Elisabeth Bumiller (Paperback - Oct 29, 1996)
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple (Paperback - Mar 25, 2003)
As I mentioned in class, I'll have the requirements for the written paper available for you when we meet on the 24th.
Meanwhile, I ran across this article in Friday's Houston Chronicle about new demonstrations and a harsh Chinese crackdown in Tibet. There are some interesting comments following the article, too. There have been some updates as of Saturday, 3/15--at least 10 dead, according to the Chinese (which probably translates to 1000 in reality).