book reviews



Revisiting Leslie Chang’s “Factory Girls”

At Tea Leaf Nation, Gloria Wang surveys Chinese reactions to Leslie T. Chang’s Factory Girls, recently released in simplified characters five years after its original English-language publication. The book follows two...

‘The Dark Road’ and Ma Jian on Censorship

Following the UK release of his latest novel, The Dark Road, the Index on Censorship talks to exiled writer Ma Jian about his career, Beijing’s longstanding ban on his work, the value of free expression, the legacy of...

A Look at “Behind the Red Door: Sex in China”

China is in the midst of a sexual revolution. Before you conjure up images of the countercultural movement that swept the west half a century ago, clarification is needed: China is in the midst of a sexual revolution with...

Book Review: They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

In his tenth novel They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, Christopher Buckley plays off of stereotypes of China to create a satirical portrait of U.S-China relations. Buckley explores the worst case scenario with inspiration from the...

Evan Osnos: Five Books about China

On his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos recommends five books about China: The following are all by deeply knowledgeable writers with original observations (rather than a pastiche of the conventional wisdom), and, most unusually,...



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