Reviews and Blog Posts: China

Snow falling in spring : coming of age in China during the cultural revolution

by Moying Li-Marcus

DPL Rating:
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

Little green : growing up in the Cultural Revolution

by Chun Yu

DPL Rating:
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China

by Jung Chang

DPL Rating:
5

After seeing a reference in another book to someone named "Cixi", I couldn't help but look her up, admittedly mostly just to find out how to pronounce such a tricky word (turns out it's Tzu-hsi​), but I was then excited to learn that she was arguably the most influential woman...

Little White Duck : a childhood in China

by Andrés Vera Martínez

DPL Rating:
4

This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child.  The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides .  The beautiful illustrations...

Saints

by Gene Luen Yang

DPL Rating:
4

Pair this with Boxers by the same author.

Lost on planet China : the strange and true story of one man's attempt to understand the world's most mystifying nation, or how he became comfortable eating live squid

by J. Maarten Troost

DPL Rating:
4
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Travel author, Maarten Troost, has taken us to Kiribati, Vanuatu, Fiji, and now he heads to another Asian nation: China.  His no-nonsense relating of actual living conditions gives the average person a view of China that no guide book has gotten past the Chinese state censors.  Through his excellent use...

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

DPL Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Boxers

by Gene Luen Yang

DPL Rating:
4

The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear).  I didn't even know it happened in China.  This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional...

Wu dang

DPL Rating:
5

Lovers of wire-fu and Indiana Jones rejoice! Finally, someone has made a movie combining the two! The main character is even a fedora wearing professor! Great martial arts action without tons of blood or corpses littering the ground.

Sky burial : an epic love story of Tibet

by 1958- Xinran

DPL Rating:
5

This epic, told so quickly in just 200 pages, covers 30 years of love and loss, hope and redemption. Based on a true story, Sky Burial follows Shu Wen from China to Tibet in search of her husband. The real story is in her discovery of Tibetan culture and the...

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