Author Archives: James Lande

Laotong 老同 “Old-sames” Women Who are Friends for Life, Revisited

Just received an inquiry through the China History Forum about the practice of laotong 老同, a uniquely Chinese kind of friendship between two girls that lasted all their lives, which was described recently by Lisa See in her novel Snow … Continue reading

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Article on 2003 Mammoth Discovery Posted

Our article 2003 Mammoth Discovery has been posted at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Paleontology program website. Here’s a teaser: “A 1,100,000 year-old mammoth is the largest of thousands of specimens uncovered by diligently trained paleontology volunteers spearheading a remarkable … Continue reading

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Researching Locations in Virtual Earth and Sky

We have been away this summer, on the California coast channeling John Steinbeck and Ed Rickets into our 2014 California Intertidal Ecology Survey, and have neglected posting here about Yang Shen Book II or other related subjects. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 5: Palaso Salangsang, the Tattooed Bontoc Headhunter

Previously we wrote about Balla and Palaso, and as Palaso now comes center stage in Chapter 32 of Yang Shen, Attack on Tsingpoo, we have expanded his background. The principal sources for detail on 19th century Bontoc are the ethnography … Continue reading

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Three Authors Writing Today About China

Here are three recent, remarkable works of fiction by authors who are bringing China of many generations to life for readers in the Western world. The stories range from the distant Mongolian steppes through east China to San Francisco, with … Continue reading

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Trove of Old China Photos at the Visualising China Blog

While googling around for detail about Chinese compradors we came upon a post Last years of the comprador at the Visualising China Blog . This led Old China Books to Visualising China, “a web-based resource that allows users to explore … Continue reading

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Philippine Typhoon Relief 2013

Making a donation was not as simple as hoped for, but we finally went with the American Red Cross “Typhoon Appeal” with the expectation that the donation will find its way to the folks who need it most. The Philippine … Continue reading

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“…journey to undiscovered countries, and boldly go where few have gone before.” A Review of Tom Carter’s China, Portrait of a People

Tom Carter’s photography book CHINA: Portrait of a People (second printing 2013, Blacksmith Books) is a remarkable photo-essay of China today, broad in scope and comprehensive of subject. Even when contrasted with the work of his predecessors, discussed below, there is … Continue reading

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Tulou 土樓 Communities, “Closed Outside, Open Inside” – a Variety of Chinese Courtyard Architecture

These reviews in which we get entangled do not result in more reviews of Yang Shen, but often they engulf the reviewer in unexpected subjects which themselves are engrossing. My review of Tom Carter’s China, Portrait of a People, which … Continue reading

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Video Survey of Chinese Architecture

Here’s a new playlist that presents a quick overview of many aspects of Chinese architecture. The playlist begins with some of Tom Carter’s photos in a video that selects those showing buildings, houses, and other structures. Besides being a photo … Continue reading

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