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By Ralph Beha, USCPFA-MN | contributor | September 2022


Chinese-American novelist Jamie Ford charmed his audience at an author event on the evening of Aug. 9, which featured his newly released novel “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy.”

Ford, whose Chinese forebears first came to the U.S. in the 1860s, warmed up the crowd by reading several amusing tweets and posts with student reactions to his earlier best-selling (debut) novel “House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” ˗ an “assigned reading” at many secondary schools.


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Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication date: August 2022

Hardcover: 384 pages


Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford.  His debut novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  His work has been translated into 35 languages.  Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug.


Reviewed by John Butler | Asian Review of Books | April 30, 2022

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Authors: Kerry Brown & Gemma Chenger Deng

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.

Publication date: April 2022

Hardcover:  344 pages

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College London.  He is an Associate of the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London, an adjunct of the Australia New Zealand School of Government in Melbourne, and the co-editor of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, run by the German Institute for Global Affairs in Hamburg. He is President-Elect of the Kent Archaeological Society.

Gemma Chenger Deng, is a Ph.D. candidate at King’s College London and research assistant to Brown. 

 Reviewed by Susan Blumberg-Kason | Asian Review of Books | April 2, 2022

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Author: Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication date: April 2022

Hardcover:  336 pages


Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer who holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming (where she wrote the popular Catapult column Why-oming).  Zhang is a prose editor at Adroit Journal and has written nonfiction for The Cut, Bustle, Huffington Post, and HelloGiggles; her fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Passages North, CALYX, The Rumpus, and more.

Zhang was born in Changchun, China, and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives.

Reviewed by Susan Blumberg Kason | Asian Review of Books | January 15, 2022

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Author:  Paul French

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Publication date:  June 2018

Softcover:  116 pages


Paul French is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Midnight in Peking, “which won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger and co-author of “One Billion Shoppers.”

Born in the London Borough of Enfield and educated at the University of Glasgow, French specializes in books about modern Chinese history and contemporary Chinese society. 



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Author:  Ashley Yablon

Publisher:  Brown Books Publishing

Publication date:  April 2022

Hardcover:  246 pages


Ashley Yablon was born and raised in Dallas.  He graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a degree in political science and went on to graduate from Loyola New Orleans.  He moved up the career leader quickly.  By age 40, he became general counsel for ZTE.

The ambitious, driven law man believes that success is earned, not given. As general counsel of ZTE, Yablon bravely stood up for his country during the biggest scandal to ever hit the tech industry.

His refusal to toe the line when faced with a dangerous moral dilemma is an inspiration to all Americans.


bookreview 202103Reviewed by J.D. Mabbot, contributor

 Niklas Hageback’s “The Downfall of China or CCP 3.0?” is an insightful look at inside the policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that will decide whether it will face an impending downfall, or yet again can manage to transform itself radically and weather the storm. 


 You may notice the more-than-usual number of books included this issue.  With Christmas giving around the corner and the snowy winter approaching, China Insight thought these titles may provide gift ideas or just material for a “good read” in front of the fireplace.




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