Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey: Presentation & Signing: June 18
A slideshow by indigenous rights advocate Edith Mirante on her book, “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia's ‘Negrito’ Indigenous Peoples” about contemporary hunter gatherers in Malaysia, India and the Philippines, their traditional gender equality and their current challenges.
Mirante brings readers along to Asia’s last tropical rainforests and the surrounding plantation devastation, unspoiled seacoasts and appalling tourist resorts, abandoned US military bases and British colonial outposts. From unforgettable individuals like Johan Kumbang, forest guide and Wyda Cosme, marathon runner, she learned the “Negrito” indigenous peoples’ current situation and the environmental, social, political challenges they face in modern Asia with its oil palm plantations, mining claims, fast food culture and rice shortages.
Edith Mirante has roamed Asia since the early 1980s, collecting information on human rights and environmental issues. In 1986 she founded Project Maje, an information project on Burma. She has investigated atrocities and resistance in some of the most remote corners of Burma’s frontier war zone. She has testified before the US Congress, European Trade Commission and the International Labor Organization, and has been a speaker at national conferences of Amnesty International, Rainforest Action Network and the Society of Women Geographers.
Her writing has been anthologized by Jill Ker Conway in “Written by Herself: Women's Memoirs From Britain, Africa, Asia and the United States.” She has read from her books at numerous venues, including Powell’s Books in Portland, Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, The Tattered Cover in Denver, KGB Bar in New York City and The Flying Monkey Arts Center in Huntsville, Alabama.