For those who share with us a passion for South-East Asia, as well as for travelers visiting this region, it is clear that its countries and peoples, especially those of the former French Indochina, have preserved close, if at times, tenuous links with France which remain, nevertheless, living and real.
So we certainly give prominence to the history of the former French Indochina, comprising the Kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia together with Tonkin, Annam and Cochinchina – magical sounding names which now are no more than the old regional titles of a rapidly-changing modern-day Vietnam, but which evoke so much nostalgia for our common past.
But this involvement, almost physical in character, is not limited just to Indochina. It stretches across China itself to encompass trading posts and territorial concessions; Taiwan – Formosa on the old maps – which became French for a few months under the authority of Admiral Courbet; Thailand, from the seventeenth century when Louis XIV was on the throne of France to the present day when countless French expatriates have chosen the country as their permanent home; and there are still more countries in this diverse and magical region we call the Far East.
These links have of course evolved with the passage of history, but those which do exist today would be impossible to understand without some knowledge of previous events and of those participants, both famous and unknown, whose interests and ideas motivated them in the development of those links.
Our objective at Soukha Editions, both in France and in Asia, is therefore:
- to publish contemporary authors whose works address the area of the French/Asian connection and whose ideas are in harmony with our own objectives. Clearly, we would only place works of quality in our publications catalogue;
- to re-publish those works which seem to us best placed to secure a better understanding of the passion that the French hold for the Far East;
- to pay homage to all those, French and Asians alike, who contributed, sometimes with their lives, to a coming together between France and this area of Asia. It was and remains a reciprocal process;
- to inform our readers of the contribution our publications are making, (sometimes by way of a warning), to those debates which form an integral part of our contemporary daily lives;
- Last, and certainly not least, we would hope to convey in all our publications that very special magic which is Asia – a continent both distant yet still near for so many of our compatriots. We would wish to reveal in some small way that beauty and richness which pervades the Asian continent.