Category Archives: Writer’s Corner

As author James Lande has shouldered his way into our Old China Books blog, we have set aside a corner of the kitchen for him, with a water dish and warm blanket, where he can hold forth on just about everything.

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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Ten free copies of Yang Shen eBook from Flipreads

Old China Books is giving away ten promotional codes for a free copy of Yang Shen, Book I, 2nd Edition eBook from the Philippine electronic bookstore Flipreads. The promo codes will be given to the first ten readers to leave … 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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Finnegans Wake Recently Translated into Chinese

More than one reader has asked “when will it be translated into English?” However, late last year the first Chinese translation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake 芬尼根的守灵夜 was announced and garnered quite a bit of attention for translator Ms Dai Congrong 戴从容. Here’s … Continue reading

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Will New Generations Ever Learn About Tiananmen?

On this 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre Chinese censors are frantic to suppress all remembrance of what happened in Beijing in 1989. In the West, there is an abundance of coverage recalling that day and its aftermath. Besides the … Continue reading

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