The American Experience in China--Fact and Fiction

Top 10 The American Experience in China--Fact and Fiction : The Sand Pebbles, Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion, Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, And Language, Watering Heaven, Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China, Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China, When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail, The Best and the Brightest, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

AuthorRichard McKenna
Recommended reading as part of the Chief of Naval Operation's Professional Reading Program!
This now-classic novel by Richard McKenna enjoyed great critical acclaim and commercial success when it was first published in 1962. The winner of the coveted Harper Prize, it was on the New York Times...
AuthorMichael Levy
An irreverent tale of an American Jew serving in the Peace Corps in rural China, which reveals the absurdities, joys, and pathos of a traditional society in flux

In September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China's heartland. His hosts in the city of...
Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, And Language
AuthorDeborah Fallows
Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs...
Watering Heaven
AuthorPeter Tieryas
What would you do if you found out your girlfriend laid an egg every time she had sex? Who would you be if you were invited to a party in Beijing but had to make up a brand-new identity for six weeks?

Peter Tieryas Liu's Watering Heaven is a travelogue of and requiem for the American dream in all its...
AuthorAminta Arrington
When all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn't go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too. Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy,...
Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life
AuthorAmber Scorah
A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive countries.

A third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God's warning of impending Armageddon. She volunteered to take the message...
Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China
AuthorTom Carter
Unsavory Elements is an unprecedented anthology of 28 new, original, true stories from some of the most celebrated foreign writers that have lived in modern China. Westerners are flocking to China in increasing numbers to chase their dreams even as Chinese emigrants seek their own dreams abroad,...
AuthorEric Jay Dolin
Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire....
The Best and the Brightest
AuthorDavid Halberstam
The Best and the Brightest is David Halberstam's masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy. Using portraits of America's flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding...
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
AuthorDavid Halberstam
"In a grand gesture of reclamation & remembrance, Mr Halberstam has brought the war back home."--NY Times
Halberstam's magisterial & thrilling The Best & the Brightest was a defining book about the Vietnam conflict. More than three decades later, he used his research & journalistic...
AuthorDavid H.T. Wong
This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) in the 1800s that resulted in decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from...
American Born Chinese
AuthorGene Luen Yang
All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl...

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