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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Adeline Yen Mah
0767903579
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Snow White's stepmother looks like a pussycat compared to the monster under which Adeline Yen Mah suffered. The author's memoir of life in mainland China and--after the 1949 revolution--Hong Kong is a gruesome chronicle of nonstop emotional abuse from her wealthy father and his beautiful, cruel second wife. Chinese proverbs scattered throughout the text pithily covey the traditional world view that prompted Adeline's subservience. Had she not escaped to America, where she experienced a fulfilling medical career and a happy marriage, her story would be unbearable; instead, it's grimly fascinating: Falling Leaves is an Asian Mommie Dearest. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Although the focus of this memoir is the author's...


Gentlemen's Prescriptions for Women's Lives
Sherry J. Mou
0765608677
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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Lives of the Nuns
Kathryn Ann Tsai
0824815416
June 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book contains the biographies of 65 Chinese women who were Buddhist monks in early China. It is a great read for anyone interested in Buddhism or women in religion.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese


The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun
Paul Hattaway
082546207X
February 2003
Paperback
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Review
Church Libraries : Amazing story and highly recommended for church libraries.

Book Description
A dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders.

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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
Lisa See
0679768521
August 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
This account of a Chinese family's adventures in America over the course of a century offers a tapestry of immigrant life. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.

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Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese Revolution
David S. G. Goodman
0415112532
May 1995
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From Library Journal
Although 91 years old, Deng Xiaoping is still believed to be the most powerful leader in China. Widely considered responsible for China's rapid economic growth, political reform, and open-door policy since the late Seventies, he is also linked to the Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing in June 1993. He thus represents a paradox, an enigma to the outside world. Goodman's political biography gives a detailed explanation of the relationship between these two images. Deng is characterized as a "committed communist" with a pragmatic view, who would like to bring forth China's modernization through the "organizational" rather than "ideological" leadership of the Communist party. The author's approach is more analytical and scholarly than Richard Evan's in Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China (LJ 1/94). Recommended for...


Daughter of the Yellow River
Diana Lu
1933726016
April 3, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Daughter of the Yellow River is a testament to perseverance, determination, courage, and success." – Deepak Chopra, best-selling author of Peace Is the Way "Diana Lu’s memoir effectively weaves autobiography, advice, cultural insights, and career journey to reveal what many women already know: work is intensely personal. Her self-reflection is contagious, and hopefully her perseverance will be as well." – Joanne Gordon, former Forbes staff writer and author of Career Bliss: Secrets from 100 Women Who Love Their Work "Daughter of the Yellow River is an inspiring story of a remarkable woman. From the deprivation of the Chinese Cultural Revolution to success in the Western world, it depicts the victory of determination and pluck over personal and business adversity." –...


Mao: The Unknown Story
Jung Chang
0679422714
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Jung Chang, author of the award-winning Wild Swans, grew up during the Cultural Revolution; Halliday is a research fellow at King's College, University of London. They join forces in this sweeping but flawed biography, which aims to uncover Mao's further cruelties (beyond those commonly known) by debunking claims made by the Communist Party in his service. For example, the authors argue that, far from Mao's humble peasant background shaping his sympathies for the downtrodden, he actually ruthlessly exploited the peasants' resources when he was based in regions such as Yenan, and cared about peasants only when it suited his political agenda. And far from having founded the Chinese Communist Party, the authors argue, Mao was merely at the right place at the right time. Importantly, the book argues that in most instances Mao...


The Soul Vehicle
Yee-Zee Lin
053314664X
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Chinese Cinderella: True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Adeline Yen Mah
0440228654
March 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Chinese Cinderella is the perfect title for Adeline Yen Mah's compelling autobiography in which, like the fairy-tale maiden, her childhood was ruled by a cruel stepmother. "Fifth Younger Sister" or "Wu Mei," as Yen Mah was called, is only an infant when her father remarries after her mother's death. As the youngest of her five siblings, Wu Mei suffers the worst at the hands of her stepmother Niang. She is denied carfare, frequently forgotten at school at the end of the day, and whipped for daring to attend a classmate's birthday party against Niang's wishes. Her father even forgets the spelling of her name when filling out her school enrollment record. In her loneliness, Wu Mei turns to books for company: "I was alone with my beloved books. What bliss! To be left in peace with Cordelia, Regan, Gonoril, and Lear...


A Classical Chinese Reader
Donald Wagner
0700709606
Oct 1997
Hardcover
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The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593080166
June 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
“A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago, and kings, soldiers, and statesmen have been turning to the Chinese master for his astute observations ever since. Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.
Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is...


A Classical Chinese Reader
Donald Wagner
0700709614
Oct 1997
Paperback
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The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593081723
October 2004
Hardcover
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Jin Guo
Momoye Sugiman
0889611475
June 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Collected over a period of years by the Women's Book Committee of the Chinese Canadian National Council these voices are the first to chart the journeys of Chinese Canadian women. "...a pioneering book." - Times-Colonist, Victoria


Tao Te Ching (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Lao Tzu
1593082568
March 2005
Paperback
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The Chinese Biography of Buddha
Charles F. Horne
1425328091
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Susur: A Culinary Life, Books 1-2
Susur Lee, et al
1580087302
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Over the past decade, Toronto-based chef Susur Lee has built an international reputation with his groundbreaking cuisine, winning raves such as "culinary genius" from critics and chefs alike. Borrowing heavily from French and Chinese traditions, Susur defies the ubiquitous "fusion" label with his wholly original and decidedly bold style of cooking, dubbed nouvelle Chinois. SUSUR: A CULINARY LIFE offers readers an intimate look at the evolution of this master chef. Toronto food writer Jacob Richler takes us on an enthralling culinary odyssey that begins with Susur’s apprenticeship at Hong Kong’s legendary Peninsula Hotel and follows the chef ’s major Successes at his award-winning restaurants Lotus and Susur. This in-depth study also chronicles Susur’s ambitious plan to modernize the ancient...


The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593080174
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
“A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago.

Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom, and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.

Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers.

Dallas Galvin, a writer and...


Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang
0743246985
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between the Kuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant...


On Gold Mountain: The 100-Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family
Lisa See
0312119976


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Book Review
Lisa See, daughter of novelist Carolyn See, brings a novelist's skill to this sprawling ancestral history. Books tracing the roots of overseas Chinese writers are not uncommon these days, but See uncovered in her family tree a capsule history of the Sino-American diaspora: her great-grandfather, Fong See, founded a California business, married a Caucasian woman and fathered many offspring, and returned periodically to China to redistribute some of his wealth and launch another family. See, a Publishers Weekly writer, has conducted extensive interviews and drawn on family lore for an enthralling saga of ambition, prejudice, love, loyalty, and sorrow--social history at its best.

From Publishers Weekly
The See family history is becoming public property. First mother Carolyn with...


The Opposite of Fate : Memories of a Writing Life
Amy Tan
0142004898
September 28, 2004
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Book Review
Amy Tan begins The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, a collection of essays that spans her literary career, on a humorous note; she is troubled that her life and novels have become the subject of a "Cliff’s Notes" abridgement. Reading the little yellow booklet, she discovers that her work is seen as complex and rich with symbolism. However, Tan assures her readers that she has no lofty, literary intentions in writing her novels--she writes for herself, and insists that the recurring patterns and themes that critics find in them are entirely their own making. This self-deprecating stance, coupled with Tan’s own clarification of her intentions, makes The Opposite of Fate feel like an extended, private conversation with the author.

Tan manages to find grace and frequent comedy in her sometimes painful life,...



Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Maxine Hong Kingston
0679721886
May 1989
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Book Review
The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men) distills the dire lessons of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward. The author's America is a landscape of confounding white "ghosts"--the policeman ghost, the social worker ghost--with equally rigid, but very different rules. Like the woman warrior of the title, Kingston carries the crimes against her family carved into her back by her parents in testimony to and defiance of the pain. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister
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African Lives : White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip, and Rumblings of Rumor from Chinese Gordon to Beryl Markham, and Beyond
Denis Boyles
0345356667
August 26, 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Supplementing his experiences in Africa with tales from other books and adding gossip, freelance writer Boyles here wisecracks his way through the Dark Continent, singling out exploits of adventurers he has met or heard about. Among them: Patrick David Shaw, a 300-pound Nairobi school administrator who freelances as a terrifying white cop in a black neighborhood; Emin Pasha (originally Silesian-born Eduard Schnitzer), who created and ran Equatoria, in the southern Sudan, until he was ousted by the Rambo of explorers, H. M. Stanley; Staffan Domingo de-Mistura, a "movie-perfect, hemi-Italian aristo-activist," whose brainchild, Operation Rainbow, was one of the most troubled and troublesome emergency food-and-medicine airlifts in recent memory. Boyles goes along on relief flights with the cargo cowboys who fly...

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