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Resources on China

Jian Li, August, 2010

China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society 2010. By John and Doris>Nasibitt

JL Comments

Naisbitt, author of the 1982 bestseller Megatrendsan analysis of the economic, political, social and cultural transitions taking place in the U.S., collaborates with his wife, explores the reasons for Chinas economic success in the last thirty years in this new book, China Megatrends. By using extensively materials from the official Chinese sources and interviewing thousands of Chinese, the authors try to understand the changes happening in China from the Chinese perspectives instead of from the Western perspectives. This book has earned both high praises and sharp criticisms from the Western media since its publication early this year.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Language, 2010, by Deborah Fallows

JL Comments

This is a fun and informative book on Chinese language and culture. The author, Deborah Fallows, has lived in China for many years with her husband, James Falllows, Atlantic National Correspondent who has filed a series of award winning dispatches from China. This is a brand new book that will be released on August 31, 2010. Dreaming in Chinese is a little gem, sparkling with wonderful tales about China, its language and its people, commented by Rob Gifford, former NPR Beijing correspondent and author of China Road.

How to Live and Do Business in China Eight Lessons I Learned from the Communists, 2007, by Ernie Talda

JL Comments

This is a delightful little book on how to live and do business in China. It has only 164 pages but it is packed with information, wisdom and wit about lessons learned on how to succeed in China. Talda is a senior Canadian manager who successfully managed an American Chinese company in Shanghai. He combines both his personal experiences with case histories on other companies, such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft, to illustrate the lessons.

Cowboys and Dragons: Shattering cultural myths to advance Chinese/American Business, 2007, by Charles Lee

JL Comments

This is a classic book on understanding Chinese culture and its business environment from both Chinese and Western perspectives. Lee, a Chinese American venture capitalist, uses his bicultural understanding to shed light on many key concepts in Chinese culture, such as Guanxi and face, and why they are important. Lee digs deep into historical and philosophical differences of Chinese and Western cultures, and how they impact business relations. He also offers valuable advice on how to overcome the obstacles in communicating with the Chinese.


Recommended Books on China Touring, Working and Living

In the Know In China- An Indispensable Cross-Cultural Guide to Working and Living in China , by Jennifer Phillips, 2003

JL Comments

Well organized, informative, the book covers Chinese culture, language, political system, business environment, as well as tips for making plans to tour, work or live in China. It also comes with a Mandarin/Chinese learning CD.

Lonely Planet China by Damian Harperm, Andrew Burke and Julie Grundvig, 2007

JL Comments

Update, detailed information for what to see and do in China as a tourist. The book provides readers with excellent tips, texts, pictures and maps.

Recommended Books on China History and Culture

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, by Bob Gifford, 2007, Random House

JL Comments

A highly readable and informative book on what is happening in China . The author, Rob Gifford, a National Public Radio China correspondent from 1999 to 2005, wrote this book after journeying six weeks, 3000 miles, talked with the Chinese of all walks of life, from "truckers to hookers". "As vicarious enjoyment goes, this ones a ten", said Ted Keoppel.

China A New History by John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman, 2006. Harvard Press

JL Comments

John Fairbank is one of the most respected scholars of Chinese history and culture. The main text is written by Fairbank covering the Chinese history from pre-history to 1976. The last chapter, the Post-Mao Reform Era, is written by Merle Goldman, a student of Fairbanks and a China expert. With a comparative perspective and an excellent bibliography, it is a good introduction to the Chinese history and culture and can be served both as a textbook and a general reference book on China.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, by Patricia Ebrey, Cambridge Illustrated Histories, 1999

JL Comments

Ebrey's Illustrated History is an attractive, accessible, and scholarly general history of China. Her approach is chronological covering 3000 years of the Chinese history. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photographs of art and artifacts and contemporary photographs from the different periods. There is a companion sourcebook, Chinese Civilizations, by the same author, and a reference website, A Visual Source Book of Chinese Civilization to complement the text.

From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History (The Great Courses Lectures) (Audio CD), by Kenneth J. Hammond, 2004

JL Comments

It you like books on tape, this is an excellent audio lessons on the history of China from Professor Kenneth Hammond. It covers 36 lessons from geography and archeology to what is happening in China in the early 2000s.

The Genius of China, Robert Temple and Joseph Needham, 1987

JL Comments

Needham, the foremost Western historian of Chinese science, has written 15 volumes of Science and Civilization in China. Temple impressively distilled Needhams immense work of 3,000 years of Chinese scholarship and invention, from agriculture and medicine to warfare into a highly readable 254 pages texts with 190 photos and illustrations.


Recommended Books on the World History in Comparative Perspectives


The Lessons of History, Durant, Will & Durant, Ariel, 1968. New York: Simon and Schuster.

JL Comments

Durant, an eminent scholar of world history, distilled his wisdom in a highly readable 100- page book. It puts world history in philosophical and comparative perspectives.

Guns, Germs, Steel, The Fates of Human Society, pp.322-333, 1999, by Jared Diamond, W.W. Norton & Company

JL Comments

This is a highly original and provocative book of a history of the world. It is hailed as one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years, Diamond demonstrates how challenges of the environment impact social development in different parts of the world. Chapter 16, pp.322-333, is entitled How China Became Chinese

A Concise History of the World by J.M. Roberts, 1995, Oxford University Press

JL Comments

A scholarly yet highly readable history of the world for those who want to pursue a balanced and comprehensive overview of the world history.


Recommended Books on China Economy, Business and Culture


The China Executive: Marrying Western and Chinese Strengths to Generate Profitability from Your Investment in China, by Wei Wang, 2006

JL Comments

Having studied and worked both in China and the West, Wang is one of the few truly bi-cultural persons who understands how and why the Chinese think and behave differently from the Westerners. The book offers practical guide to solve the cultural divide between China and the West. This is an outstanding book that combines theories with practical solutions to do business in China and beyond.

One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China, by James McGregor, 2005

JL Comments

McGregor has spent nearly two decades as a journalist and business executive in China. This book provides many useful case studies to illustrate the challenges, opportunities, and tips of doing business in China. It paints a slightly dark picture of the Chinese political and social system.

Cowboys and Dragons - Shattering Cultural Myths to Advance Chinese-American Business. Charles Lee, 2003.

JL Comments

Being brought up in China, Taiwan, educated and worked in the United States, Lee is truly a bicultural person who has been advising and guiding the formation of Chinese-American joint ventures since 1977. This book is an effort to bridge the differences between the two cultures for the business reader. It paints a more positive picture of the Chinese culture and business traditions than most of the books in the Western media.

Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol, Manners, and Culture in the People's Republic of China, by Scott D. Seligman, 1999.

JL Comments

Although slightly out of date, this is still one of the best guides to social and business protocol in the PeoplesRepublic of China, and many of the tips are also applicable to Hong Kong. The book is informative and written with sensitivity, clarity and humor.

China Streetsmart: What You MUST Know to be Effective and Profitable in China, by John Chen, 2003

JL Comments

Written in a conversation tone, China Streetsmart offers excellent case studies and practical advice on how to navigate Chinas bureaucracy, negotiations managements and more.>


Recommended Web Resources on China


Understanding the Chinese youth:
The balinghou - Chinese parents bemoan their children's laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough, by James Palme

What's next for China? Report from the McKinsey and Company
As China gradually shifts to a more consumer-driven economy, companies must adapt their offerings and ways of doing business.

Job Opportunities in China:

Official Website of the People's Republic of China:

CIA Factbook on People's Republic of China:

Chinese Culture Website:

A Visual Source Book of Chinese Civilization:

Recommended Online TV and Radio Programs on China from NPR and PRI

Young China from PRIs The World radio program

Faces of a New Era

China in the Red 1998-2001