BEIJING COMA by Ma Jian

The novel BEIJING COMA follows the fictional Dai Wei, a PhD candidate at Beijing University who became a student leader of the protesters in Tiananmen Square during the momentous and tragic month of June, 1989. As the Chinese army was ordered to storm the Square to take back control and subdue the ring leaders by any means necessary, many of Wei’s friends and associates were gunned down or simply run over. That famous actual video of the tank column stopped dead before a single brave man was an aberration. As Wei saw…

June 13, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See

Shanghai China in 1937 is known as the “Paris of the East.” It is a thoroughly modern, international city, with a large foreign community. There is also a heavily populated Little Tokyo section, where Japanese residents promote “Friendship, Cooperation and Co-prosperity between China and Japan.”

May 26, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN is an epic tale which chronicles the lives of two Chinese women, Lily and Snow Flower. Set in a remote area of Hunan Province, Lily was born in 1823, “on the fifth day of the sixth month of the third year of Emperor Daoguang’s reign.” During her lifetime, Lily lives through the reigns of four emperors.

May 26, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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