Tag Archives: Yang Shen

In the Mind of a Manilaman – Yang Shen Book II Excerpt

Vincente Macanaya we met in my post  Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 1: Vincente Macanaya. Now we find Vincente with the Foreign Riflles in the dark of night aboard Chinese junks sculling over a narrow canal … Continue reading

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More Q&A with James Lande about the novel Yang Shen

Here are a few additional Q&A topics that didn’t make it into Living the Taiping, David Cahill’s interview with James Lande at the Isham Cook web blog. Why did you begin with a long novel before ever having any other writing success? The … Continue reading

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New review of Yang Shen at Amazon, and Q&A at Isham Cook

We are pleased to announce a new review of Yang Shen called “The Taiping Up Close” just posted on the Yang Shen Amazon page by the accomplished essayist, novelist and literary critic David Cahill (author of Lust and Philosophy, The Exact … 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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Confucius Rescues the Kiangyin Mandarins

Here follows a segment excised from Yang Shen, Book I, when the size was trimmed from 860 pages to 556 pages. As we cannot imagine how to use this passage in the two books to come later, we print it here … Continue reading

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Chinese Courtyard Houses 四合院

Like paper dragons and lion dogs, the courtyard house is another Chinese icon. They are diverse in architectural style, and differ from place to place, but the house essentially is a walled compound with a single entrance and one, two, … Continue reading

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Beijing of Dreams website archives old photos of Beijing

The new Beijing of Dreams website photo archive is a fine collection to place together with the work of John Thompson and Felice Beato (photogs in China during the mid-1860s). The images were “scanned in high resolution and where necessary digitally enhanced,” and they are … Continue reading

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Yang Shen now available on Kobo eReaders

Announcing availability of Yang Shen on Kobo eReaders starting today.

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Reader questions from Yang Shen book readings in April 2012

Yang Shen had two book readings in April 2012, one for the Anza Borrego Desert Paleontology Society, and another at the San Diego County Public Library, both at Borrego Springs, CA. Here are answers to questions those attending brought up at … Continue reading

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Evolving the Old China Books Book Blog

This blog has been undergoing a makeover as we become more knowledgeable about the blogosphere. It started as a place to comment on the formatting Yang Shen eBooks when the eBooks were first offered – the YS eBook has a … Continue reading

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