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Chan Koonchung on Orwell, Huxley and China

At Five Books, The Fat Years author Chan Koonchung offers some recommended reading on utopias and dystopias, and discusses how they relate to modern-day China. Among his selections are George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four...

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,...

Five Books on Chinese Language & Culture

Asia Society Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives Chris Livacarri chooses five books for The Browser. His picks include histories of China’s languages and its relationships with the outside world, and...

Five Books: Orville Schell on China and the US

For The Browser’s Five Books series of recommended readings, Alec Ash talks to Orville Schell about the past and present of Sino-US relations, and asks how America can most effectively influence China in the future....

Rana Mitter on 100 Years of Modern China

For the latest installment of its Five Books series, The Browser interviews Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University and gets his recommendations for five books about the past 100...

Five Books: Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food

Five Books talks to Fuchsia Dunlop about her recommended reading on Chinese food: Is there a clear continuum in Chinese cooking from ancient traditions to contemporary styles, or do you have the same sort of thing as in Europe...

Five Biographies Recommended by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In another China-related selection at Five Books, Jeffrey Wasserstrom—historian, editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and co-founder of The China Beat—recommends five biographies. The books’ subjects range from women of...

Victor Shih Recommends Five Books on China’s Economy

Five Books recently featured recommended reading from political economist Victor Shih on the topic of China’s economy: It’s good that you’re covering this topic. Wherever we are in the world, we all now need to understand...

Five Books: Evan Osnos on China

As part of the Browser’s Five Books series, New Yorker correspondent (and blogger) Evan Osnos offers his suggestions of crucial reads on China: The first book you’ve recommended visitors read is To Change China by Yale...

Richard Baum: Obstacles to Political Reform in China

UCLA political scientist Richard Baum is interviewed by Five Books about the top books he recommends that look at obstacles to China’s reform: What’s your sense of where the whole thing is headed? I’m caught between these...

Xinran: Five Books to Understand China

On the Five Books blog, author and journalist Xinran lists the five books she thinks everyone should read the understand Chinese culture. About the first book on the list, Dream of the Red Chamber: Why is it so important to you?...

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