This companion to the best-selling Once Upon a Time in Africa brings together stories that reflect the many cultures and peoples of Asia, from behemoth China to tiny Bangladesh and recently independent East Timor. While the Philippines is primarily Christian, in most Asian countries Christians are a minority. Asian Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Confucianists, and others have much to teach Westerners. The myths and legends of Asia, and stories of real people today demonstrate the values of harmony and the wisdom of respecting others.
The late Eugene F. Thalman, a Maryknoll priest, was a founder of the Center for Social Justice in Hong Kong.
James H. Kroeger, also a Maryknoll priest, teaches at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines. He is author of Mission Today and editor of The Gift of Mission: The Maryknoll Centennial Symposium.