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Wild Swans
Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang - 1991-09-01
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Three remarkable women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--struggle to survive in a true-life saga that spans 20th-century China with all its violence: wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval. A thrilling adventure story, Wild Swans is an important work of history, and a breathtaking testimony to the human spirit. 16 pages of photograp...
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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Leslie T. Chang - 2009-08-04 (first published in 2008)
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An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these worker...
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Oracle Bones
A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Peter Hessler - 2006-04-25
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From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. That sense of time—the contrast between past...
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China in Ten Words
Yu Hua - 2012-08-21 (first published in 2011)
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From one of China's most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades.Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world's most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In "Disparity," for example...
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Red Sorghum
A Novel of China
Mo Yan - 1994-04-01 (first published in 1987)
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Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated ...
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AI Superpowers
China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
Kai-fu Lee - 2018-09-25
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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. I...
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Travel to China
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
Josh Summers - 2019-01-18
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Are you planning to travel to China? Whether you're still weighing the decision or you've already purchased your tickets, this unique travel guide is an indispensable resource for any China traveler.As the title says, this is everything you need to know before you travel to China - the things that other major travel guides somehow expect you to kno...
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China in the 21st Century
What Everyone Needs to Know®
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom - 2018-04-09
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In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know(R), Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world's newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China's meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. Fr...
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu - 2017-04-12 (first published in 500)
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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should b...
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To Live
A Novel
Yu Hua - 2003-08-26 (first published in 1992)
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From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation's most influential books, portrays one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peas...
On China by Henry Kissinger
Country Driving by Peter Hessler
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
Out of Mao's Shadow by Philip P. Pan
Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu
Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1 by Cao Xueqin
The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu
The Third Revolution by Elizabeth C. Economy
Red China Blues by Jan Wong
A Hero Born by Jin Yong
The Souls of China by Ian Johnson
The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China by Lu Xun
Mao by Jung Chang
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
China Dream by Ma Jian
Life and Death in Shanghai by Cheng Nien
River Town by Peter Hessler
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Great Firewall of China by James Griffiths
The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence
Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash
Wealth and Power by Orville Schell
Forgotten Ally by Rana Mitter
Nine Continents by Xiaolu Guo
China by Harold M. Tanner
Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Hidden Hand by Clive Hamilton
China's New Red Guards by Jude Blanchette
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R. Platt
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop
Red Star over China by Edgar Snow
Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
The Party by Richard McGregor
The Age of Confucian Rule by Dieter Kuhn
The Last Days of Old Beijing by Michael Meyer
Every Step a Lotus by Dorothy Ko
Lonely Planet China by Lonely Planet
Postcards from Tomorrow Square by James Fallows
China by John Keay
Foundations of Chinese Civilization by Jing Liu
China by Susan L. Shirk
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Anyi Wang
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
Jade King by Huo da
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
Red Dust by Ma Jian
The Dragon's Gift by Deborah Brautigam
Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge
Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan
Ruined City by Jia Pingwa
Shanghai by Stella Dong