Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside • Quincy Carroll

Are foreign English teachers in Asia losers? The usual caveats aside about the unfairness of painting whole swathes of a population with such broad strokes, yes, there are enough deadbeats to justify the stereotype.

I recall my first day at an upmarket exam prep school in Taipei, the director explaining as […]

By |December 28th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writers’ Colony • Alec Ash and Tom Pellman (Editors)

What’s the laziest way of writing a book? Throw together your blog posts or diary entries? No, that still requires you to have written something. An anthology? And one from a writer’s group or “colony.” Fiction or non-fiction, no problem, and let the laziest artists submit poems: “I’m still working […]

By |December 27th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way: The English-Chinese Cartoon Dictionary • Larry Feign

It all started with a sex-crazed American expat asking an unsuspecting Hong Kong woman to strip. Well, kind of. Cartoonist Larry Feign had just moved to Hong Kong, and he and his wife, Cathy, were in the kitchen cooking. Feign asked her in Cantonese if she wanted some “choi sum” […]

By |December 16th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? • Shannon Young (Editor)

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia explores the feminine side of expat life. Edited by Hong Kong-based writer Shannon Young, the anthology covers the stories of 26 women, mostly split between China, Hong Kong and Japan (from Tokyo to Fukushima), and differs […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Year of Fire Dragons • Shannon Young

Shannon Young’s Year of Fire Dragons begins and ends with a dragon dance celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. What transpires in between is a delightful account of one year in a young American woman’s life in one of the most exciting and unique cities in the world. Like a museum tapestry […]

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Good Chinese Wife • Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife, a memoir published by Sourcebooks, is a poignant tale that expats should enjoy about the overlap of China and the West. Susan Blumberg-Kason details her unfortunate marriage to a Chinese music scholar, as they meet while studying in Hong Kong and then travel to his hometown in […]

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South China Morning Blues • Ray Hecht

The Pearl River Delta is home to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, and cities of millions – such as gritty workshops to the world Dongguan and Zhongshan – that you’ve never heard of. Despite being the powerhouse of the country’s decades-long economic boom, China’s southern cities have been largely ignored […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Reviews|0 Comments

Formosa: A Tale of the French Blockade of 1884-1885 • Lisa Boehm

Lise Boehm was the pen name of Elise Williamina Edersheim Giles. She was born around 1859 in Scotland. Her father, Alfred Edersheim (1825–1889), was a Jewish convert to Christianity and a biblical scholar. In 1883, at the age of twenty-three she married Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935), of Wade-Giles romanization system […]

By |November 29th, 2015|Reviews, Uncategorised|0 Comments

How Taiwan Became Chinese • Tonio Andrade

At the dawn of the seventeenth century Taiwan was an Austronesian island, inhabited by the ancestors of today’s Aborigines and largely removed from the wider currents of East Asian history. In modern Taiwan the Aboriginal peoples make up just 3 percent of the population, with most of the rest being […]

By |November 28th, 2015|Reviews|0 Comments

Sons of the Republic • J.W. Henley

The thriller gets off to a good start with the title. Any China–Taiwan story without “dragon” or similar Orientalist cheese in the name is a welcome reprieve from the likes of Dragon Teeth, Dragon Storm, and Operation Red Dragon. Having a dragon-free title is a minor point perhaps, but it’s […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Reviews|0 Comments