Sunday, December 10, 2017

TimeOut Shanghai's Interview with Me


TimeOut Shanghai's Helen Roxburgh kindly interviewed me through Skype in October and posted the interview in the magazine.

Link to the Interview

Friday, December 1, 2017

An Interesting Question at the Book Launch


I was asked an interesting question by the moderator of the book launch for "The Green Phoenix". Note the response from the audience!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Review - "The Great Walk of China: Travels on Foot from Shanghai to Tibet" by Graham Earnshaw


Travel books have never been a favorite of mine, but I had been drawn to this one by a recent 5-star Goodreads review, plus the fact that the author happens to be my publisher.

What sets this travelogue apart from others is that its focus is on the author's interactions with the people he met throughout his journey on foot (this is possible as the author speaks fluent Mandarin and reads and writes Chinese), which naturally add a spontaneous and human dimension to the places he visited.

The author makes it clear at the start that this was not a contiguous journey, but rather a series of walks that spanned six years. He could only afford to devote a few days every month to this walking project, and each time he made a fresh start at the point where he had last stopped. The direction he took was always to the west. At the end of the journey, he covered the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei and Sichuan with a total distance of roughly 2,000 kilometers. Almost all the villages, towns and countryside he passed through were off the beaten track - I admit that the place names are all unfamiliar to me.

Through his random and incessant conversations with people from all walks of life he met on the road, readers get a good glimpse of how the locals go about their daily lives and of their thoughts about the past, present and future. It is apparent that the author not only has a deep sense of empathy for the lower echelons of Chinese society, but is genuinely concerned about the future of the kids who have the misfortune of being denied proper education.

The bright spots of the book are descriptions of otherworldly beautiful scenery of some remote and untouched countryside stretches which, if not consciously preserved, will be trampled and wiped out by blind development.

I love this book for its humbling and inspirational qualities, for which I gave 5 stars.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

More Book Launch Photos


I was pleased to meet the other new book author at the joint book launch: John Saeki, author of The Tiger Hunters of Tai O.







Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Launch on November 15, 2017 - Joint Event at Bookazine Exchange Square


The book launch for The Green Phoenix: A Novel of the Woman Who Re-made Asia, Empress Xiaozhuang will be a joint event with John Saeki, author of The Tiger Hunters of Tai O.






Sunday, November 5, 2017