Reading List for China 2015

In my preparations for The Beijing & Tianjin-Binhai Writers’ Residency (Summer-Fall 2015), I’ve come up with a reading list that I wanted to share as I attempt to initiate this formidable Blogging Project about my experience, which begins in about 6 weeks as of September 8, 2015.

This list has been amassed based on a diligent amount of research, having talked to people who live and work abroad (in China) as well as journalists who have worked and lived in China.



Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian (2000)

China, A Traveler’s Literary Companion, ed. by KirK A. Denton (2008)

Retribution–The Jiling Chronicles by Li Yung-p’ing (Taiwan 2003)

Frog by Mo Yan (2012 Nobel for Literature)

Memoir & Journalism

Red China Blues by Jan Wong (1990)

Jan Wong’s China (Reports From A Not-So-Foreign Correspondent, 1999)

Age of Ambition, Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos (2014)

Oracle Bones, A Journey Through China Past & Present by Peter Hessler (2005)

This Generation–Dispatches from China’s Most Popular Literary Star (And Race Car Driver) by Han Han (2010)

Letters From China by Maureen Hynes, Women’s Press (1981)

Factory Girls, From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang (2008)

Chinese Lessons (Five Classmates & The Story of The New China) by John Pomfret (2006)

Empress Dowager Cixi–The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang (2014)

Wild Swans–Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (1991)

Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century by David Mulroney (Canadian Ambassador to China 2015)

Poetry & Essays

Poetry by Bei Dao (1980-2005)

Midnight’s Gate (Essays) by Bei Dao (2005)

Notes On The Mosquito by Xi Chuan (2012)

Something Crosses My Mind, Poetry by Wang Xiaoni & Transl. Eleanor Goodman (2015 Griffin Nominees)

Liu Xiaobo: No Enemies, No Hatred (Selected Essays and Poems) Ed. by Perry Link, Tienchi Martin-Liao & Liu Xia (2012)

Jade Mirror: Women Poets of China ed. Michael Farman, White Pine Press (2013)

The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry ed. Eliot Weinberger with Translations by Ezra Pound, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder & David Hinton (Various Editions)

The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry, Translated and Edited by J.P. Seaton (2006)

Classical Chinese Poetry (An Anthoogy) Transl. & Ed. by David Hinton, Farrar Straus & Ciroux (2008)

Emperor Wu Zhao & Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities & Dynastic Mothers by Norman H. Rothschild. (Columbia 2015)

Writing & Philosophy

The Art of Writing–Teachings of The Chinese Masters by Barnstone & Ping, Shambhala Press (1996)

The Way of Life by Lao Tzu & The Tao Te Ching (1955)

There’s about 10 books more I could add to this amazing list; books which I have heard and know of.

1. I don’t think I can handle much more information in 6 weeks. YIKES!

2. These are the books I’ve chosen that demonstrate the variety and interests of my visit to China.

On With The Journey!


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