Category Archives: Book reviews

My Thank Less task

A year or so ago my teacher Annie told me that I was doing something that most English-speaking westerners do – which is not usual in China – I was saying ‘thank you” too often. I didn’t really take much … Continue reading

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The Year of the Dragon 龙年

Chinese New Year is almost upon us and we leave behind the Year of the Rabbit and enter the Year of the Dragon  龙年 (long nian). The Dragon is the only mythical beast in the Chinese zodiac and unlike dragons … Continue reading

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K: The Art of Love

This book, K:The Art of Love, by Hong Ying was first published in Chinese and translated into English by Nicky Harman and Henry Zhao, and it has a fascinating history of its own – indeed it has been described as … Continue reading

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The Diary of Ma Yan – the life of a Chinese schoolgirl

In 2001, a French journalist Pierre Haski and others were travelling through the province of Ningxia in northern China together with the Chinese photographer Wang Zheng who came from that region, in preparation for an exhibition destined for Nice.  Their … Continue reading

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

I was a very lucky woman this last Christmas as a dear (and incredibly generous) friend gave me a Kindle. Despite my original scepticism, it has been an absolute godsend. In early January I read an online piece in the … Continue reading

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The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu

Language shapes us – how we communicate, how we express emotion, how we articulate our internal thoughts and feelings are an intrinsic part of who we are as individuals. To loose language is to loose our sense of self. This … Continue reading

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Brothers

Whilst living in China I have made a determined effort to read as much Chinese modern fiction as I can get my hands on. Obviously I am limited in that I have to find books which have been translated into … Continue reading

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