Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lisa See, Shanghai Girls, and China’s Wings

Reading Lisa See’s account of the bombs that fell between the Cathay and the Palace Hotels where Nanking Road meets the Bund in Shanghai Girls, I was certain she’d consulted the same sources that I did while writing China’s Wings, and sure enough… Continue reading

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Scenes from a Shanghai refugee camp, by Schiff, December 1937

1937 sketches of a Chinese refugee camp, the camp school, Chinese nurses in a hospital, and a Chinese woman working in support of the war effort, all drawn by Schiff, the renowned Shanghai cartoonist Continue reading

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Old photograph fever sweeps China

Apparently, the Communist party frowned on China’s history as “black time,” and its scourging of past associations caused most Chinese to purge their family photographs. Official historical archives were also destroyed, along with their photos. As a consequence, there are almost no photographs of China — in China — prior to 1970. Old photograph fever is currently sweeping China as people thirst to rediscover their history. Continue reading

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China’s Wings event in Houston, July 21

On Saturday, July 21, at 3:00 p.m., I’ll be doing a China’s Wings presentation and book signing in Houston, at the Barnes & Noble in Vanderbilt Square (3003 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77025) Here’s the link to the store’s … Continue reading

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China’s Wings reviewed by Noozhawk

Excellent review of China’s Wings by Tom Cahill of Noozhawk, Santa Barbara’s online newspaper. Continue reading

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