On The Same Page 2007

Nonfiction

Chinese Americans

The Chinese in America: A Narrative History by Irish Chang
In what is considered to be an outstanding study of the Chinese-American people, Chang chronicles the three mass migrations of the Chinese people over the last 150 years. By interweaving personal narratives with facts, she tells how the Chinese were received and what they accomplished.

Learning From My Mother's Voice: Family Legend and the Chinese American Experience by Jean Lau Chin
The experiences of Chinese Americans are examined in this account of the immigrant's experience. The book evaluates western myths about Chinese characters and discusses the role of storytelling in helping immigrants adjust. The author chronicles the life of her mother as she presents the cultural lessons she has learned.

Of Orphans and Warriors: Inventing Chinese-American Culture and Identity by Gloria Chun
In a different take on the Chinese American immigrant experience, Chun agrees that being caught between the two cultures gave the Nisei unprecedented opportunities to carve out new identities for themselves. Chun proves her point through various the writings of immigrants, including both fiction and non-fiction.

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts the circumstances, conditions, and consequences of growing up in frantic America within a steadfastly tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present. A modern classic.

The Eighth Promise: A Memoir by William Poy Lee
Before she left China for America, Poy Jen made eight promises to her mother, vowing to keep her Chinese heritage alive. Son William was born in San Francisco; he recounts his experiences growing up in the Chinese-American community and how traveling to China as an adult helped him to understand his mother's history.

American Paper Son: A Chinese Immigrant in the Midwest by Wayne Hung Wong
Chinese-Americans have challenges just as all immigrants do, but growing up in Kansas adds another dimension to the experience. Wong tells his own story as a Midwestern youth of Chinese heritage.

China - History and Culture

The Girl from Purple Mountain by May-Lee Chai
Because they had been educated in America and their families owned land, Ruth, the girl from Purple Mountain, convinced her husband Charles to move their family to Taiwan in the late spring of 1949. They had survived the Japanese; but Ruth was certain they would not survive the Communists. This story by the granddaughter of this indomitable woman makes for fascinating reading.

Mao: The Unknown Story Jung Chang
This is a gripping story of an important historical figure; Mao is described as a cruel, opportunistic, uncaring despot whose only concern is his power to rule millions with an iron fist. This monumental biography is the product of over 10 years of extensive research and is banned in China.

Wild Swans: Three Women of China by Jung Chang
Jung tells the story of her grandmother, her mother and herself, and in telling their stories gives a unique perspective on 20th Century Chinese history. It is both informative and emotional and offers an amazing insight into the beauty and the horror that China was under Mao's iron grip. It has sold over 10 million copies and is still banned in mainland China.

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Chang
The so-called conspiracy of foreign firms and government departments had made Cheng's family pawns of the power struggle within the Communist party. Cheng was an employee of the Shell Corporation, and thus was seen by the government as a dangerous influence. Imprisoned for nearly seven years, she steadfastly refused to confess to any wrongdoing. This book gives the reader an inside look at the chaos and confusion of the Cultural Revolution and its effects on the common man.

Oracle Bones: A Journey between China's Past and Present by Peter Hessler
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Hessler has written about the human side of China's transformation. Featuring the lives of a member of an ethic minority, a teacher, a migrant factory worker, and a scholar of bone inscriptions, Hessler tells the story of modern-day China. This New York Times Notable book describes a country in constant motion.

Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now by Jan Wong
Born and raised in Montreal, Wong embraced her Chinese heritage and became interested in Mao's philosophies while she was in college; she later moved to China as one of the few foreigners who were permitted into the country. With the eye of a westerner and the outward appearance of a Chinese national, she witnessed many important historical events as her belief in communism gradually eroded. History from a unique perspective.

Mah Jongg

Mah-Jongg: From Shanghai to Miami Beach by Christina Cavallaro and Anita Luu
A lively cultural overview of the game, its origins, and its migration to the U.S. With recipes and tips on playing.

Mah Jong, Anyone? by Kitty Strauser and Lucille Evans
A complete guide to play, illustrated with photographs of tiles and combinations.

A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win by Eleanor Noss Whitney
A thorough introduction to the tiles, to scoring, and to strategy.