My father and I decided to write this book together because of all the questions about China that we get from students, friends and acquaintances. We wanted to write an accessible, accurate source of the basic information that people need in order to understand what is going on in China today–whether they are planning a visit to China, to do business with China, to adopt a child, help their adopted Chinese child understand her heritage or are simply taking a class and need some background.
We’ve tried to cover historical as well as contemporary events, pop culture and classical culture (from pop stars to movies to philosophy such Confucianism and Daoism), points of etiquette, customs, political figures and movements, gay and lesbian culture, and even the changing Chinese landscape.
No one book can cover all things Chinese, but we can say that this book will give readers the basic foundation that they need to begin to understand China.
For the table of contents, click here: CHINA A TO Z-Table of Contents
For interview by Rick Steves with May-lee Chai about traveling in China for his radio show, the episode entitled “An American Travel Guide to China,” click here: Rick Steves and China A to Z with May-lee Chai.
For a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts (in shortened form from the book) check out MSNBC.com \”10 Chinese Etiquette Tips\”
For sample essays, click here: CHINA A to Z-“Bargaining”
A friend sent me the link to this Blogger\’s Review of China A to Z. Also nice to know when someone finds the book useful!
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