Thanks to those of you who came out to my talk last week about China books. It was great to see you. Those of you who didn’t make it might be curious to know which books I consider key in my understanding and love for China. I am posting here the list for your reference. […]
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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 […]