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The Life Of A Banana

Author: PP Wong
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 1785079638
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A special edition of The Life of a Banana as part of The Legend Press Collection, celebrating 10 years of publishing.

The Life Of A Banana

Author: PP Wong
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 1787198553
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Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay - a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music. Then Xing Li's life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.

The Political Ecology Of Bananas

Author: Lawrence S. Grossman
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807847183
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This study of banana contract farming in the Eastern Caribbean explores the forces that shape contract-farming enterprises everywhere_capital, the state, and the environment. Employing the increasingly popular framework of political ecology, which highlights the dynamic linkages between political-economic forces and human-environment relationships, Lawrence Grossman provides a new perspective on the history and contemporary trajectory of the Windward Islands banana industry. He reveals in rich detail the myriad impacts of banana production on the peasant laborers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Grossman challenges the conventional wisdom on three interrelated issues central to contract farming and political ecology. First, he analyzes the process of deskilling and the associated significance of control by capital and the state over peasant labor. Second, he investigates the impacts of contract farming for export on domestic food production and food import dependency. And third, he examines the often misunderstood problem of pesticide misuse. Grossman's findings lead to a reconsideration of broader debates concerning the relevance of research on industrial restructuring and globalization for the analysis of agrarian change. Most important, his work emphasizes that we must pay greater attention to the fundamental significance of the "environmental rootedness" of agriculture in studies of political ecology and contract farming.

Mayu The Life Of A Finnish Woman

Author: Shahzad Rizvi
Publisher: Shahzad Rizvi
ISBN: 1300693835
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Mayu - A brilliant woman. A troubled past. Can she trust a man not to let her down again? Mayu, a divorced single mother, is juggling not only a career, but a defiant teenage son, a house full of dog hair, and those extra pounds that refuse to budge. Her trust has been shattered by an abusive alcoholic father and a chronically unfaithful ex-husband. Will this new man in her life break the cycle? One woman struggles to find love in a messy world.

The Fish That Ate The Whale

Author: Rich Cohen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448104653
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Whether you know him as El Amigo, the Banana Man, the Gringo, or simply Z - whether you even know him at all - Sam Zemurray lived one of the greatest untold American stories of the last hundred years. A tough, uneducated Russian Jew who found himself and his fortune in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Zemurray built a fruit-selling empire hustling rotting fruit to market to eke out the slimmest profit, to eventually become a backchannel kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. The Fish That Ate the Whale spans the transition from Old-World business to New-: from privateer adventurers seeking fortunes in remote frontiers, to buccaneers of high finance and wars fought with media, no-bid contracts, and necessary illusions. Part of what makes this book so remarkable - and its dubious hero so compelling - is the almost invisible ease with which Cohen's threads intertwine to create a larger pattern that seems so obvious once you step back to see it. Z's story spans the birth of modern foreign relations, the creation of the CIA, smuggling dispossessed Jews out of Europe, the invention of Israel, corporate espionage, the Bay of Pigs, political assassination, and the unspoken motives of the Cold War. It is a twentieth-century epic, and standing at its core is a man unlike any we've seen before or since, who, for good or ill, looked at what was, but saw only what was possible.

Finding The Square Root Of A Banana

Author: Ann Andrews
Publisher: Maruki Books
ISBN: 9780958367523
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In today's business word, where resources are strained; stress has become a way of life and every organisation is trying to do more with less on a daily basis, it is clear we cannot work in the cumbersome, hierarchical, parent/child ways of the past. Many organisations have tried to hand over day-to-day decision making to employees; some have even experimented with self-managed teams. Unfortunately the results have been underwhelming at best, a nightmare at worst.

Where Am I Eating

Author: Kelsey Timmerman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118966546
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A deeply human-centered perspective on the origins of America'sfood Where Am I Eating? bridges the gap between global foodproducers and the American consumer, providing an insightful lookat how our eating habits affect farmers and fishermen around theworld. Follow the author on his global quest to meet the workersthat nurture, harvest, and hunt our food, as he works alongsidethem—loading lobster diving boats in Nicaragua, harvestingbananas in Costa Rica, lugging cocoa beans in Ivory Coast with amodern-day slave, picking coffee beans in Colombia and haulingtomatoes in Indiana. This new edition includes a study guide, adeeper explanation of the "glocal" concept, and advice for studentslooking to become engaged as both local and global citizens.Arguing neither for nor against globalization, this book simplyexplores the lives of those who feed us. Imports account for eighty-six percent of America's seafood,fifty percent of its fresh fruit, and eighteen percent of its freshvegetables. Where Am I Eating? examines the effects of thisreliance on those who supply the global food economy. Learn more about the global producers that feed our nation, andlearn from their worldviews intensely connected to people andplanet Discover how food preferences and trends affect the lives offarmers and fishermen Catch a boots-on-the-ground glimpse of the daily lives of foodproducers on four continents Meet a modern-day slave and explore the blurred line betweenexploitation and opportunity Observe how the poorest producers fare in the global foodeconomy This book takes a human-centered approach to food, investigatingthe lives of the people at the other end of the global foodeconomy, observing the hope and opportunity—or lackthereof—that results from our reliance on imports. WhereAm I Eating? is a touching, insightful, informative look at theorigins of our food.

Conversations With My Childhood Self A Japanese Girl S Life

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Publisher: Daniel Hanrahan
ISBN: 1301863408
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Would you like to go back in time and talk to your childhood self ? What events would you discuss? What advice would you give? This is the true story of Terri Yamaguchi, a Japanese girl growing up in a poor family during the 1970s and '80s. Each childhood episode is then followed by fictional discussions between the girl and her adult self, talking about the painful events of that day. The adult enters a meditational state in order to contact the girl while she is dreaming, and by using her adult perspective and spiritual beliefs, is able to console, encourage, and provide explanations for her childhood self in an effort to help her through painful times. This not only creates a healing effect for the girl, but the healing of the child also transcends time, reaching into the future to simultaneously heal the adult. The book begins with an introduction to Terri and her family and the ircumstances of their lives. The dominant role of her father; the subservient role of her mother; the embarrassment of being poor; the controlling influence of their church; and how these forces combined with the nature of Japanese society to condition Terri to think and feel the way she did - as passive, powerless, and always obedient.

But as she grows older she finds important ways to overcome this conditioning, that eventually rescue her from what she thought would be a predetermined life of drudgery and control, and the simply awful fate of repeating her mother's life.

The stories are told in chronological order, beginning with memories of events that occurred as an infant, through to events that occurred at 24 years of age.

An alternative title for the book was 'Things I Wish I'd Known as a Child', and this is because the conversations that occur between Terri as an adult and Terri as a child, provide the girl with explanations that she never received from the adults around her at the time, and also provide her with spiritual philosophies that enable her to see the painful events of her life in a completely different light. Not just the wisdom that an adult could provide to a child, but wisdom that was virtually unknown in the 1970s, but is now helping thousands of people to find deeper meaning, renewed purpose, and greater ease in their lives.

***Excerpt***
Let's say you had two lives to choose from. One is a life where people make you feel bad, and you have to then either 'fix' them or put up with feeling bad. And 'fixing' someone means you have a discussion, or an argument, or a fight to convince, coerce, or cause them to change. But these people will not stay 'fixed'. They'll eventually do the same thing again and you'll have to fix them all over again. And this goes on for maybe 80 years. How does that sound?

Sounds like hell. What's the other life I have to choose from?

gThe other life is one where people still make you feel bad, but to make sure that doesn't happen again, you only ever have to 'fix' one person. And that one person is infinitely cooperative. They will agree with everything you think, and be willing to do whatever you decide, and they will always like you, no matter what. And each time you fix that one person, it will make it less likely that you will need to fix them in the future. So, how does that life sound?

Sounds like heaven. And it sounds incredibly easier than the other life.