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...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 13, 2011
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...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 5, 2011
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...
by Samuel Wade | Mar 3, 2011
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...
by Samuel Wade | Feb 22, 2011
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...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 23, 2010
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...
by Sophie Beach | May 13, 2010
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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