Celebrity in China

Celebrity in ChinaCelebrity is a pervasive aspect of everyday life and a growing field of academic inquiry. This is the first book-length exploration of celebrity culture in the People’s Republic of China and its interaction with international norms of celebrity production. The book comprises case studies from popular culture (film, music, dance, literature, internet); official culture (military, political, and moral exemplars) and business celebrities. This breadth illuminates the ways capitalism and communism c…

The Fake Celebrity in China

The Fake Celebrity in ChinaThe author’s first novel, a tale of debauchery – sex, booze and drugs, which follows the experiences of an English teacher in China during the happy “boom times” when China won the right to host the Olympics and was accepted into the World Trade Organization. Written in a frank but humorous style, this work provides many insights into modern Chinese society. It also caused the author to be told to leave China and is banned for sale in China….

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in ChinaA new memoir by the most talented and respected British food writer of her generation. Award-winning food writer Fuchsia Dunlop went to live in China as a student in 1994, and from the very beginning she vowed to eat everything she was offered, no matter how alien and bizarre it seemed. In this extraordinary memoir, Fuchsia recalls her evolving relationship with China and its food, from her first rapturous encounter with the delicious cuisine of Sichuan Province to brushes with corruption, envir…

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese FoodFEATURED ON TED.com and The Colbert Report.If you think McDonald’s is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendy’s combined. Former New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the inde…

The Food of China

The Food of ChinaTo feed a quarter of the world’s population on only seven percent of the world’s cultivated land and at the same time to have developed a renowned cuisine is perhaps the most exemplary achievement of the Chinese people.  What accounts for their success?  And what can be learned from it in this age of widespread hunger?E.N. Anderson’s comprehensive, entertaining historical and ethnographic account of Chinese food from the Bronze Age to the twentieth century shows how food has been central…

The Problem with Me: And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today

The Problem with Me: And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today“Funny and shrewd” (The New York Times Book Review) essays from China’s most popular young troublemaker about growing up millennial and causing social and political scandal today.Han Han “owes equal debt to Jack Kerouac and Justin Timberlake” (The New Yorker). He’s the most influential (and provocative) young person in China, equally beloved and reviled for the satirical wit with which he takes on everyone from corrupt politicians to ludicrous protesters and everything from Internet …

Contemporary Chinese Films and Celebrity Directors

Contemporary Chinese Films and Celebrity DirectorsThis new text examines recent popular Chinese films and derivative cultural phenomena, with a focus on films directed by celebrity directors such as Han Han, Guo Jingming, Xu Jinglei and Zhao Wei. In opposition to Fifth and Sixth Generation Chinese filmmakers who explored the grand-narratives of history, the oppression of the pre-socialist and socialist eras, and those marginalized by socio-economic changes, the celebrity directors at the heart of this book center on the new trends of living and…

Chinese Tea (Discovering China)

Chinese Tea (Discovering China)With over 120 stunning color photographs and illustrations, Chinese Tea is an exploration of this treasured beverage in China.An excellent companion for those who have an interest in Chinese tea and its rich traditions. Learn about the history of Chinese tea, the 10 most popular Chinese teas and the philosophies and wisdom behind drinking tea. This book introduces the delicately crafted art of the tea ceremony, and the etiquette of drinking tea at a traditional tea house. It also teaches the rea…

Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-45 (Contemporary Chinese Studies Series)

Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45 (Contemporary Chinese Studies Series)Sporting Gender is the first book to explore the rise to fame of female athletes in China in the early twentieth century. Gao shows how these women coped with the conflicting demands of nationalist causes, unwanted male attention, and modern fame, arguing that the athletic female form helped to create a new ideal of modern womanhood in China. This book brings vividly to life the histories of these women and demonstrates how intertwined they were with the aims of the state and the needs of societ…