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I am not experiencing writer’s block. I believe its writer’s overload. There are so many things I want to write about…I have no idea where to start.  Another issue I’m having is how to balance the diverse experiences I’m having – migrant village walking tour vs exotic trip to Bali. How can both of these things be a part of my new reality in China?  Another issue – who is my audience? It’s not just family, as I now have over 400 followers from seven countries. Strangers don’t really care about my family’s daily adventures, or do they? (If you want to follow our daily observations, you can just “friend” me on Facebook. Meggan De Jesus, Shanghai, China. Today’s post was a photo of a gigantic Chinese grapefruit. Riveting.)

Today, as I am still sifting through the many ideas in my head, I thought I would share my China reading list. These are the books I have read about China (and other parts of Asia).  Funny thing, about 5 years ago I went through a Chinese historical fiction phase! I have reread some of those books and they are on the list too.

Here is my list, in order of importance. At least, from my perspective. You can also find my list on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Life and Death in Shanghai     Nien Cheng

Shanghai Girls   Lisa See

Dreams of Joy    Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan    Lisa See

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress    Sijie Dai

Red Scarf Girl     By: Ji-Li Jiang (This is a good read for tweens/teens)

When My Name was Keoko  Linda Sue Park

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odessy from North Korea to Freedom in the West             Blaine Harden

To Read:

The Good Earth             Pearl S. Buck (Bella read this in school, and found it quite difficult to get through)

The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed   Michael Meyer

The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze & Back in Chinese Time   Simon Winchester

Bound Feet & Western Dress , Pang-Mei, Natasha Chang

Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China  John Pomfret

The Private Life of Chairman Mao   Li Zhisui  (Ive been told this one is quite graphic)

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power Rob Gifford

The Concubine’s Children  Denise Chong

Colors of the Mountain  De Chen

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices Xinran

Red Azalea   Anchee Min

Red Dust: A Path Through China Ma Jian

Life and Death in Shanghai

Life and Death in Shanghai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)