Former New Yorker China correspondents Evan Osnos and Peter Hessler have written about their experiences publishing Chinese versions of their China-related books. Osnos chose not to publish a translation of his book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China on the mainland after the publishers requested certain parts be excised. Hessler, on the other hand, published two books, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze and Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip with a mainland publisher and embarked on a book tour in China. He described the process and trip in an article, “Travels with my Censor.”
Both writers discuss their decisions and the complexities involved with publishing, or not, in China:
On this week’s Out Loud, Hessler and Osnos join Amelia Lester and discuss the decision about whether to comply with censorship in China. Hessler points out that the Western press’s coverage of the issue often overlooks a key question: “Do these books provide any value to people there, does it make a difference to them?” [Listen here]
Read more by and about both Peter Hessler and Evan Osnos via CDT.