Author Archives: Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The China Blog Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 9.16.37 AM

Satire, Cyberspace and the 25th Anniversary of the June 4th Massacre

| by

I learned several weeks ago that China Digital Times was about to publish Crazy Crab’s Chinese Dream in Cartoons, an e-book featuring material by a satirist whose work I had enjoyed seeing displayed on their site. When I got my advance copy, I began looking through it eagerly, expecting to be amused or moved by […]


The China Blog Untitled-1

A Tale of Two First Books: A Conversation with NPR’s Louisa Lim and The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos

| by

In 2008, I wrote in the Guardian that there had recently been a “notable acceleration” in the frequency with which “illuminating books of reportage” on China had been appearing. It had become routine, I explained, after writers like Peter Hessler and Ian Johnson had come onto the scene, for two or three engagingly crafted books a […]


The China Blog noirtrip

Noir Visions, Part 2—All the Spies in China

| by

My last post focused on whodunits and true crime books with Chinese settings, but its title, “Noir Visions of China’s Past and Present,” used a capacious term that can encompass other sorts of writings as well. There are, for example, noir novels and noir-infused non-fiction that deal with spies as opposed to private eyes, code […]

The China Blog chinanoir

Noir Visions of China’s Past and Present

| by

I won’t say that an interest in criminal activity led me to a career teaching and writing about China, but books about death, detective work and other themes with links to noir genres certainly played a role in steering me toward my chosen profession.  More specifically, browsing the campus bookstore shelves at UC Santa Cruz […]

The China Blog Mao Buddha Kongzi Statues

Confucius, Mao, and the Little Red Book

| by

All Photos by Jeffrey Wasserstrom I’ve just returned from a trip to China that began with a week in Shanghai, where I participated in one literary festival, and ended with a few days in Beijing, where I had a small role in another bookish event of the same kind.  It was good to go back […]


The China Blog chinese_year_of_the_horse_postage_stamps-r3df594b0bd034e32aefe1ce82397d943_xjs8m_8byvr_512.jpg bg=0xffffff

Marking Time in China and the West — A New Year’s Post

| by

“A spectre is haunting the world: 1914.”  So writes Harold James, a professor of history [who is] certainly right that newspapers and learned journals are currently full of articles comparing international politics today with the world of 1914. — Gideon Rachman, “Does the 1914 Parallel Make Sense?” Financial Times blog Today’s China is no longer […]


Tags:

The China Blog restless

Another Dozen China Gift Book Ideas (This Time to Buy for Yourself)

| by

I recently joined with three other “China Blog” contributors to compile a list of 12 gift suggestions for readers seeking books to give China-savvy or China-curious friends and family members.  This is a sequel inspired in part by how tough I found it to limit myself to just the trio of titles we were each […]


The China Blog CI21C Taiwan cover

Censorship, Translation and the Chinese Market

| by

“To me the choice was easy…I thought it was better to have 90 percent of the book available here than zero.” Ezra Vogel, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Modern China, statement made during a Chinese book tour. “As an academic who doesn’t write for a large publication, I’m always happy to have […]


The China Blog china nobel laureates

Rabindranath Tagore, Pearl Buck, and Mo Yan: China and the Nobel Prize

| by

The title of this post lumps together three writers I’ve begun to think of as a trio, though I can certainly understand why some readers might think of them as having precious little in common with one another. Only the first was a major poet, after all, only the second wrote a novel that became […]


Tags: