Huangshan, China

Recommended Reading

Global China Center Recommended Reading List. (80 books) Last Updated: January 13, 2007
Chinese History & Culture
  • John King Fairbank, CHINA: A New History, Belknap Press; 2nd Enlrgd edition (April 30, 2006).

  • Wm. Theodore deBary, Wing-tsit Cha, Burton Watson, Editors, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Columbia University Press; Second Edition edition (March 15, 2000).

Chinese Religion and Philosophy
Christianity and China
  • Ross Paterson & Elisabeth Farrell, China: The Hidden Miracle, Sovereign World Ltd (October 2000).

  • Ling, Samuel and Stacey Bieler, eds. Chinese Intellectuals and the Gospel. P & R Publishing, 2000. A book with deep insight into the intellectual and spiritual issues that educated Chinese are wrestling with, and practical suggestions for outreach to them.

  • Chan, Kim-Kwong and Tetsunao Yamamori, Holistic Entrepreneurs in China. William Carey International University Press, 2002. Creative ways Chinese believers are using new economic opportunities to build God’s Kingdom.

  • Crossman, Eileen Fraser. Mountain Rain: A New Biography of James O. Fraser. Littleton, Co.: OMF Books, 1984. A riveting modern rendition of an amazing and inspirational story of the conversion of the Lisu people of Southwest China.

  • Rev. W. Campbell, Sketches From Formosa. SMC Publishing Inc; Reprint edition (November 30, 1999).

Culture, Geography, Society
  • Hattaway, Paul. Operation China. Asia Harvest, Publishers; Pasadena, Ca.: William Carey Library, Distributor, 2000. A detailed study of the ethnic minority peoples of China.

Modern Chinese Society
Politics, Society and Economics
The Cultural Revolution
  • Dai, Sijie. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. New York: Random House, Anchor Books, 2002. A novel full of ironic humor showing perennial Chinese rural life through the eyes of young people sent to the countryside.

  • Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai. HarperCollins Publishers; New Ed edition (January 1995). A classic; the moving story by a Chinese Christian of one family’s suffering from fanatical attacks on educated, urban Chinese with foreign connections.

  • Jin, Ha. Waiting. New York: Random House, Pantheon Books, 1999. A National Book Award winner that tells a poignant story of the quiet desperation of family and work life in the late Mao era.

  • Chang, Jung (Jenny). Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 12, 2003). The stories of three generations – a concubine in imperial China, a Nationalist fighting the Japanese, and a young Red Guard – are a lively introduction to modern Chinese history.

  • Fodor’s CHINA, Fourth Edition. Fodor’s Travel Publications, 2002.

  • National Geographic Magazine: China’s Gold Coast and Hong Kong (191:3, March
    1997), and China’s Three Gorges (192:3, September 1997).

  • Temple of Heaven: One China, One Emperor, One God. CBN, Inc. 2003. . The history of China’s ancient worship of the “Most High God” (Shang Di), showing the Emperor’s sacrifices on behalf of the people at the Altar of Heaven in Beijing, portrayed by a believer who is a descendant of the fifth Qing dynasty Emperor, Jiaqing.

  • Zhang Yimou, film, “The Story of Qiu Ju [literally, Qiu Ju Goes to Court].” the new consciousness of legal rights in the 1990s, and “Hero” (Emperor Qin Shi huangdi)

  • Zhang Yimou, China’s most famous film director. See an interview and bibliography at Senses of Cinema.

    • “Ju Dou” (an arranged marriage in traditional rural China)

    • “Raise the Red Lantern” (traditional life in a wealthy land-owning household)

    • “Red Sorghum” (the 1940s anti-Japanese war in Shandong, East China)

    • “To Live!” [literally, “Survival”] (during Mao’s Cultural Revolution)

    • “The Story of Qiu Ju” (literally, Qiu Ju Goes to Court, on the new consciousness of legal rights in the 1990s)

    • “Hero” (China’s founding Emperor Qin Shihuangdi, whose tomb is in Xi’an)