Required Reading in SE Asia
Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops)
What it’s about: Known in English as Rainbow Troops, this novel is based on a true story about ten students from a remote village in Indonesia who, with the help of a pair of inspiring teachers. learn to stand up for themselves and their community.
Why it’s taught: It teaches “sacrifice, dedication, hard work, passion, brotherhood, friendship, optimism and perseverance in the face of challenges,” says Mahrukh Bashir.
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Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)
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The Tale of Kiêu: A bilingual edition of Nguyen Du`s Truyên Kiêu
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