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Q: Recommendations on books about Chinese culture

book or book series in English, something that can be bought in China.
General culture stuff: people, places, stories, jade, mythological creatures, etc.

1 year 21 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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Any book about Chinese culture will likely be out-dated before it's published, but...

Peter Hessler - Country Driving is worth reading, as is Xue Xinran - The Good Women of China. Neither is expressly about Chinese culture, but both are revealing of it.

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Not a chancesad

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If you can get a book delivered into China, "The Incarnations" by  Susan Barker is a masterpiece. 

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Many books written by Lin YuTang(林语堂,1895-1976) are worth reading,like:

 

My Country and My People,

 

The Gay Genuis:The Life and Times of Su Tungpo("gay" doesn't mean "homosexual" here)

 

etc.

 

These two books were written in English though Lin was Chinese,who once got Nobel Prize in Literature nomination.

His books are mostly about ancient Chinese culture.If you wanna know more about nowdays China,then read some newspapers or browse Chinese websites.China Daily is good enough.At least much better than CNN 'cause they dare not report fake news.

 

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