Books: East Meets West

THE ASIAN LEGACY AND AMERICAN LIFE —edited by Arthur E. Christy—John Day ($3.50).

This authoritative and readable collection of twelve essays is addressed to Americans who think that the U.S. cultural debt to Asia could be repaid with the return of a few porcelains, screens, Chi nese backscratchers and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Ranging from agriculture to art, music to philosophy, the essays will be especially helpful to Americans who still regard Asiatics as exotically mysterious beings with whom they have virtually nothing in common.

Religion & Happiness. Asia's richest gifts to the U.S., says Harvard's Philosopher-Emeritus William Ernest Hocking, are...

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