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Rounding out my series of posts on books that have shaped my understanding and love for China, here are the ones that were key in the past decade: Country Driving, by Peter Hessler. In this book Hessler explores the social changes that have come to China with the rise of a car culture. In Part […]
Here are the key books I read in the first decade of the 21st century: Turning Bricks into Jade, by Margaret Wang. This book is a collection of 'critical incidents' of misunderstanding between Chinese and Americans. Perfect for use in a cross-cultural orientation program, it presents the miscommunications, followed by a detailed analysis/explanation of the […]
I spent most of the 1990's as the director of a Chinese language learning program in Changchun, Jilin Province. My job was to lead, guide, and cajole a group of strong-willed North Americans as they learned Chinese, definitely a 'herding cats' type of experience! As we all went deeper into the language, we inevitably delved […]
After teaching English in Zhengzhou for two years, I returned to Minnesota in 1986 to pursue a Master's Degree and gain more teaching experience, with the intention of returning to China a few years later. While Stateside, I started serious work on building my China library. These are the books that were key for me […]
In 1984 I set off for China to teach English for a year. Before I left, the organization that I was working for sent me a book to read. It was the first book about China that I remember reading. Just as that one year in China has turned into a 28 year sojourn, so […]