Exotic Memoirs: Journey from Banna

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Published author Gordon Young shares amazing adventures in remote parts of Asia with WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars on the world stage

Gordon Young, published author of two recent titles related to Thailand, Run for the Mountains (a biography) and The Wind Will Yet Sing (a novel), now shares his exciting memoirs of travels, hunting, work and encounters in many parts of Asia, from 1927 to the mid 1970s. Journey from Banna: My Life, Times and Adventures takes the reader to a myriad of exotic places of times past.

In this exciting, humorous and informative autobiography, Young describes the abundant wildlife, the unique peoples, customs and languages and the pristine wilderness terrain of areas that few tourists ever see even today. Born in the mountain village of Banna, China to American missionary parents, Young’s early activities and life view were strongly influenced by the Lahu-Na tribal people of Northeast Burma, where the family soon moved. As a child, Young’s first language was Lahu, and he played and hunted with Lahu-Na boys, learning by age ten to survive in mountain jungles alone, armed only with knife and bow. Schooling and later, the impact of World War II, took Young to parts of India thick with wildlife. Much later, Young became known for his skills and achievements as a hunter, explorer, naturalist, ethnographer and conservationist.

In this book packed with photos, Young leads readers along jungle trails to major world cities—traveling on foot, donkey back, camel back; by boat, ship, train, bus, Land Rover; and in all kinds of aircraft—to parts of south China, Burma, Korea, Thailand, Laos, and South Vietnam, as well as across the seas to the United States of America. With Young’s stellar storytelling skills and unforgettable tales, and with World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars setting the world stages for his stories, Journey from Banna ranks as highly in historical importance as it does as a genuinely great read. For more book information, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

More About the Author
Gordon Young was born in 1927 to American Baptist missionary parents in Banna, China. World War II impacted on Young’s amazing childhood adventures in Burma and North India. Later, he served the U.S. Army in Korea, obtained a B.S. at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to work for the U.S. Government, field collected for museums, helped found the Chiang Mai Zoo, compiled the first informal ethnography of Thailand’s northern tribes, and received “Master Hunter” title from a Ku-lao Lahu chief.

Naturalist-hunter-ethnologist, Young’s work and travels span forty years in various parts of Asia. A keen compassionate observer, his exciting storytelling also offers rare insight on vibrant peoples, cultures and wildlife in remote, seldom-trodden places. His other titles are: Run for the Mountains; The Wind Will Yet Sing; Tracks of an Intruder; The Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand. (Please visit: http://www.GordonYoungBooks.com)

Journey from Banna: My Life, Times and Adventures * by Gordon Young
Publication Date: May 25, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 326 pages; 978-1-4568-6854-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 326 pages; 978-1-4568-6855-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-6856-7

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