John Grant Ross

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About John Grant Ross

John Grant Ross is the author of You Don't Know China and Formosan Odyssey.

A Death in Peking: Who Really Killed Pamela Werner? • Graeme Sheppard

I first came across Graeme Sheppard’s book last year, only it was an earlier version: Life & Death in Old Peking: The Murder of Pamela Werner. As one of the chaps behind independent publisher Camphor Press, I’m always on the outlook for new titles. Every so often I trawl through the […]

By |November 1st, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Author Interview: Katy Hui-wen Hung

Katy Hui-wen Hung is co-author of A Culinary History of Taipei: Beyond Pork and Ponlai. Co-written with veteran Taiwan writer Steven Crook and published by Rowman & Littlefield, the book is a landmark work, one of the most significant English-language titles on Taiwan published in the last decade.

I always have trouble […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Author interviews|0 Comments

CD Review: Xian Xinghai’s Production Cantata

Eight decades after the premiere of Xian Xinghai’s Production Cantata, this forgotten masterpiece from China’s first great modern composer has not only been finally recorded for the very first time but given the recording perfection it deserves. The Production Cantata was first performed on March 21, 1939, in Yan’an, the “Red […]

By |September 13th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Lucky Girl • Mei-ling Hopgood

Of the handful of Taiwan adoption memoirs, the stand-out is Lucky Girl (2010) by journalist Mei-ling Hopgood.

Mei-ling was adopted in 1974 from Taitung, in the then relatively remote southeast of Taiwan, by an American couple from Michigan. She had a happy childhood, with two adopted boys from South Korea as playmates and […]

By |July 24th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Science of War: Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” Re-translated and Re-considered • Christopher MacDonald

The Chinese classic The Art of War is one of those works whose adaptability and universality, coupled with its ancient Asian mystique, lends itself to superficial referencing, no more clearly seen than in the myriad of book spin-offs; there’s an Art of War for small businesses, women in business, managers, writers, […]

By |July 13th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Stamped: An Anti-Travel Novel • Kawika Guillermo

The striking originality of this novel starts with the sub-title. What to make of the declaration (warning?) that this is an “anti-travel novel”? The story takes us on a roll call of Asian travel destinations – Bangkok, Vientiane, Shanghai
, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Seoul, Mumbai
, Kolkata, […]

By |July 13th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Wounded Muse • Robert F. Delaney

The Wounded Muse is an exciting yet grounded thriller set in Beijing during the years leading up to the 2008 Olympics. It’s a wonderful setting in time and place; here was the People’s Republic of China getting ready to celebrate its arrival on the world stage as a great power. Beijing […]

By |July 12th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Author Interview: Tonio Andrade

Tonio Andrade, one of the best historians currently teaching and writing about East Asia,  is a history professor at Emory University (Atlanta) and the author of three outstanding works: How Taiwan Became Chinese (2008), Lost Colony (2011), and The Gunpowder Age (2016). Lost Colony examines the epic clash between Koxinga’s Chinese forces […]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Nuclear Blues • Bradley K. Martin

Why switch from writing non-fiction to fiction, especially when you’ve spent decades working as a journalist and your last book was Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader, the acclaimed 2006 portrait of North Korea’s dictators Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il? One advantage of fiction is that it is […]

By |June 11th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle • Karen Kao

Karen Kao’s debut novel The Dancing Girl & the Turtle is an ambitious, striking addition to the novels showing the sleazy side of 1930s Shanghai.

Impatient to get to the magical city of Shanghai, recently orphaned 18-year-old Anyi Song disregards instructions to wait for an escort, setting off from Soochow by herself. “Soon, […]

By |June 9th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments