- G. Wright Doyle and Peter Xiaoming Yu, China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society. (brief chapters on Chinese traditional culture and contemporary society, with guides to further reading).
- Rob Gifford, The China Road. (a lively journalistic account containing information about both Chinese history/culture and contemporary China).
- John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman, CHINA: A New History.
- Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China.
Modern Chinese Society
- Jasper Becker, The Chinese: An insider’s look at the issues which affect and shape China today.
- Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China.
- Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.
- LEAD Consulting, editors, An Introduction to the Mainland Chinese Soul.
- Kam Louie, editor, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture.
- James and Ann Tyson, Chinese Awakenings: Life Stories from the Unofficial China.
Christianity in China
- David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.
- Carol Lee Hamrin and Stacey Bieler, editors, Salt & Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China.
- http://www.bdcconline.net (Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity)