Book and Movie List

Book List

101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand China, by Yi and Bryan Ellis
The Geography of Thought, by Richard Nisbett

Peter Hessler's China Trilogy:
§  Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, Harper, New York, 2010.
§  Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present, HarperCollins, New York, 2006.
§  River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, Harper, New York, 2001.

Dreaming in Chinese, by Deborah Fallows

Negotiating China: Case Studies and Strategies, by Carolyn Blackman

Lost on Planet China, by J. Maarten Troost

When A Billion Chinese Jump, by Jonathan Watt

Francois Jullien’s Philosophical Works:
§  The Propensity of Things, a history of efficacy in China (New York : Zone Books, 1995)
§  A treatise on efficacy : between Western and Chinese thinking (Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2004)
§  Praise of blandness: proceeding from Chinese thought and aesthetics (New York : Zone Books, 2004)
§  The impossible nude : Chinese art and western aesthetics (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007)
§  Detour and access : strategies of meaning in China and Greece (New York : Zone Books, 2000)

So You’re Going Overseas: A Handbook for Personal and Professional Success, by Stewart Black and Hal Gregerson

Lonely Planet/Rough Guide China

Orientalism, by Edward Said

China in the 21st Century, by Jeffery Wasserstrom


Inspector Chen Detective Series, by Qiu Xianlong

Judge Dee Detective Series, by Robert Van Gulik

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo

A Good Fall, by Ha Jin (Short stories of Chinese immigrants living in New York City)

English translations of: Water Margin, Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber.
Francois Cheng (poet): Shitao- la saveur du monde; Le Dit de Tyanyi; Entre source et nuage- voix de poètes dans la Chine d'hier et d'aujourd'hui;

Movie List

The Last Emperor (1987) by Bernardo Bertolucci (Tells the life of Puyi, the last emperor of China and the fall of the imperial China)

Shower (洗澡) (1999) By Zhang Yang (Follows a family who runs a old fashioned bath house in modern China)

Red Sorghum  (1987) by Zhang Yimo (Follows a woman's life after being arranged to marry a man who runs a rural sorghum distillery)

Still Life (2004) Jia Zhangke (Depicts a small town about to be destroyed for the 3 Gorges Dam project)

KeKexili Mountain Portal Lu Chuan It follows a ban of vigilante rangers who are trying to stop poaching of the Tibetan Antelope (which later became an official mascot of the Beijing Olympics)]

News, Blogs and Expat Websites

-            China Daily
-            Shenzhen Daily
-            The Shanghaiist
-            That’s PRD
-            Shenzhen Stuff

-            Sixth Tone
-            ChinaChannel
-            SupChina