Currently reading'Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution
by Helen Zia. Helen Zia’s journalistic background serves well to provide Last Boat Out of Shanghai
with historical context and clarity, but this is far from a dry, factual text. After interviewing hundreds of individuals, Zia selected four main protagonists (one of whom was her own mother) to show the tumult and tragedy of 1930s Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese war and the run-up to Mao’s 1949 victory. It's told in a dramatic yet intimate style and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out!'
China must-read'My Country and My People
by Lin Yutang. Chinese-born, Western-educated Lin devoted much of his writing to explaining Chinese culture and character to Western audiences. Written in 1935, My Country and My People
is an early example of his Nobel Prize-nominated work. That it was written more than 80 years ago doesn’t detract from its charm: indeed, some passages are even more fascinating in retrospect.
Claire Chao is a Chinese-American writer best-known for co-authoring family memoir Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels with her mother, Isabel Sun Chao. Winner of Outstanding Memoir from the Independent Author Network in 2018, a television adaptation of Remembering Shanghai is reportedly in the works.