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Courage, Endurance, Sacrifice: The Lives and Faith of Three Generations of Missionaries, is scheduled to be out in early December, in this 100th year since my father Dr. Hendon Harris, Jr.'s birth. Attached see the book cover and endorsements. From my Home Page on my web site one can view excerpts of the book.

Charlotte Harris Rees

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leta Hong Fincher


After the 1949 revolution in China, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that 'women hold up half the sky.' In the early years of the People’s Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations with expansive initiatives. Yet those gains are being eroded in China’s post-socialist era.

Leta Hong Fincher is an award-winning former journalist who has published in a number of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Tsinghua University.

Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

by Yangzom Brauen

"This book paints a vivid picture of Tibetan experience over the last eight decades, one of the most difficult periods in our history. Through the personal stories of three women from one Tibetan family, it recalls the imposition of Chinese rule in Tibet and the subsequent efforts of many Tibetans to preserve their identity and treasured values in exile."--- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


An Uncommon Journey: From Vienna to Shanghai to America--A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II

by Deborah Strobin, Ilie Wacs, and S.J. Hodges (collabora)


Editorial Review

An Uncommon Journey proves that reality is stranger than fiction. Ilie & Dorit escape from Vienna to Shanghai to America during WW II. This difficult past gives them strength for their ultimate journey, the one to find themselves. This book is harrowing drama, part love story, part adventure. It is a compelling read.

New World Secrets on Ancient Asian Maps

by Charlotte Harris Rees


Did the Chinese sail to American before Columbus? “New World Secrets on Ancient Asian Maps includes more than 55 crisp photos of various maps and illustrations. The text is expanded and there are three times the number of maps and illustrations as when this book was originally published under the title: Chinese Sailed to America Before Columbus. Even if you previously read Chinese Sailed, the clear photos and expanded text shed a whole new light on the enclosed information.

Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? My Journey Through the Rocky Mountains to Find Answers
by Charlotte Harris Rees
The author followed the maps made by Henriette Mertz in 1953 which compared Shan Hai Jing book 4 (Eastern Mountains) to locations in North America. On that 1,100 mile route the author was able to validate 93% of what the Shan Hai Jing said was at each location. Someone else found the names of two Shang Dynasty kings along with other Chinese writing carved on rock along that route. Recently that petroglyph (shown in the book) was validated by a world expert in ancient Chinese scrip from University of California at Berkeley and dated to sometime between 1200 and 200 BC. That glyph is in the book and details can be found at .

Charlotte Harris presenting her books to Ambassador Zhong at the Chinese Ambassy in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2012.

If the Chinese reached the Americas that early, where else did they go? The Shan Hai Jing claims to have charted the whole earth. Charlotte Rees' research is just the tip of the iceberg. She believe that her father's maps show where the Chinese went, on which 72% of the toponyms (locations) are from the Shan Hai Jing

The Belgium Mandarin

by Anne Splingaerd

A Belgium traveled to China in 1865, was made a mandarin by the Chinese government in gratitude for his contribution to the development of China.  Today he has descendants in 17 countries in all four Continents. This book is written by one of his great granddaughters.

Bound Feet and Western Dress: A Memoir

by Mei Pang Natasha Chang

This memoir is the story of two independent women, one was born in China in early 20th century, the other is her grand niece, born in late 20th century in USA. Both struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty.

Cantonese Yankee

by Louise Su Tang

Novelized story of one of the 120 boys sent to the United States by the Chinese government in 1872, to be educated. The 120 boys returned to China and played a key role in modernizing China.

This is the story of the author's maternal grandfather. All the historical facts are true. This book is a 15-year labor of love of Louise Su Tang.

Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai

by Paul French

From the Inside Flap

Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for the next quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking adman. In the 1930s Crow wrote a pioneering book - 400 Million Customers - that encouraged a flood of businesses into the China market in an intriguing foreshadowing of today's boom.

Chinese Jade: The Spiritual and Cultural Significance of Jade in China

By Hongjuan Li


From Amazon Book Description

This book presents a comprehensive view of jade and its history in China from Neolithic times to the Qing dynasty. It illustrates pieces of jade that are on display not only in the Palace Museum in Beijing but in the many provincial and other museums across China. It will help the reader to understand what jade means to the Chinese in China; how it is classified and described and where it is found and worked and displayed.

The China Tea Book

by Jialin Luo


From Amazon Book Description

"Tea isn’t just a drink—the cup you hold in your hands is steeped in more than five thousand years of history and it all began in China. Kettle-boiled tea in the Tang Dynasty, powdered tea during the Song, pressed cake in the Ming—the history of tea is as diverse as the varietals themselves. Whether green, oolong, or black, each tea has a unique personality, which The China Tea Book captures in photographs and facts.

The Concubine's Children

by Jialin Luo
From Library Journal
Formerly a senior economist for Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Chong also is a writer of essays and articles. The subject of his first book is a true-life family history, beginning in about 1920 and ending in 1980. Its main character is Chong's maternal grandmother, May-ying, described as an unusually beautiful woman who came to Vancouver, Canada, to serve as a concubine. While May-ying's life was determined for her (i.e., to make money to send back to her "husband's" family in China), in the process she became an alcoholic, a gambler, and a prostitute. Told in a compassionate and forthright manner, this book makes sense out of the lives of many Chinese who came to the West to search for gold.

Hiding in a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family’s Castway in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW Camp

By Ester Benjamin Shifren


From Amazon Book Description

China-born Ester Benjamin Shifren relates the saga of her family's century-long existence in Shanghai, and details the culture and tribulations of its colorful multi-ethnic population. In the 1840s a vessel brought the Benjamins from India to Shanghai, where they prospered for five generations. In 1943, the Japanese interned the Benjamins for nearly three years in a POW camp. Along with other internees they endured great hardship and loss of all worldly possessions.

Journey Across Four Seas

By Veronica Li


From Amazon Book Description

To escape poverty, Flora Li fought her way through the education system and became one of the few women to get into the prestigious Hong Kong University. When the Japanese invaded, she fled to unoccupied China, where she met her future husband, the son of China's finance minister (later deputy prime minister). She soon discovered that he suffered from emotional disorders caused by family conflicts and the wars he had grown up in. Whenever he had a breakdown, Flora would move the family to another city, from Shanghai to Nanking to Hong Kong to Bangkok to Taipei and finally across the four seas to the U.S.

Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China

by Peter Hessler

Amazon Book Description

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.

Shanghai Exodus, a Video,

Produced By Greg Andermann and Ding Yi Feng

Written By Greg Andermann and Fawn Andermann


From the website of the video producers

These personal stories of struggle, survival and success provide a historical glimpse into what it was like to grow up in China while experiencing an early blending of cultures as the East and West collided. Shanghai was a safe haven to which tens of thousands fled to escape the Russian Revolution and the rise of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. When communism finally began to rise in China, its sudden impact was felt and feared by every foreigner who lived there — people gave up everything they had and fled in masses. But to the “Old China Hands,” Shanghai and China are still considered home, and many keep coming back to find their past.

These are their stories. Memories from a very special place in time... a place called Shanghai.

Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television

by Ying Zhu

"Two Billion Eyes opens a fascinating window onto the emergence of a Chinese public sphere, with its convergence of information, crisis, culture, politics, competition, personalities, and programming. A host of probing and stimulating interviews reveal the people at work within these developments and transform Western stereotypes about state monopoly into a glimpse of concrete history, the sense of a genuine historical process underway in the China of the last three decades."     —Fredric Jameson, professor of literature, Duke University

Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century 

by Orville Schell and John Delury

How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, manage to burst forth onto the world stage with such an impressive run of hyperdevelopment and wealth creation—culminating in the extraordinary dynamism of China today? Wealth and Power answers this question by examining the lives of eleven influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China.

When American First Met China – An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs and Money in the age of Sail

by Eric Jay Dolin


From Amazon Book Description

Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.
Eric Jay Dolin traces America's fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love.

Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving -- and ultimately uplifting -- detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.