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  • Paint by Numbersby Claire van den Heever

    Earnshaw Books 2015; US$ 15.99

    The journey of Chinese art?from mass-produced propaganda in the Mao era to modern-day market darling?mirrors China?s own momentous changes like few other disciplines. Today, in both contemporary art and contemporary Chinese society, commerce and politics coexist in a delicate balance, which some call sensible and others, selling out. By traveling... more...

  • Silhouettes of Pekingby D. de Martel; L. de Hoyer; D. de Warzee; Sapajou; Adam Williams

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    The dust has cleared from the 1911 revolution, and Peking's diplomatic set languish in an exotic world suspended somewhere between East and West, between propriety and decadence. Against this backdrop, Jean Maugrais finds himself the target of two married women's affections. But he longs for something more than the endless frivolities of the "smart... more...

  • China Under the Empress Dowagerby J. O. P. Bland; Edmund Trelawny Backhouse; Derek Sandhaus

    Earnshaw Books 2011; US$ 7.99

    One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, this account explores the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (1861–1908). Entertaining and enlightening, this record examines a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines, and Mandarins. Filled with intrigue, bitter antagonism, and ruthless reprisals... more...

  • The Yangtze Valley and Beyondby Isabella L. Bird; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 9.99

    Isabella Bird was one of the greatest travelers and travel writers of all time, and this is her last major book, a sympathetic look at inland China and beyond into Tibet at the end of the 19th century. In describing the journey, Isabella provides a rich mix of observations and describes two occasions when she is almost killed by anti-foreign mobs.... more...

  • Two Years in the Forbidden Cityby Der Ling; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 7.99

    For two years, Princess Der Ling was the favorite lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi in the imperial palace in Beijing. This book provides a unique and surprisingly intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady, who ruled China for 47 years, and brought the country to the brink of destruction. Der Ling refers to the larger political context on many... more...

  • My Life in China and Americaby Yung Wing; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 7.99

    This book, first published in 1909, in the autobiography of a man who witnessed and played a key role in 19th century China. Remarkably, the book was written in English – Yung Wing, born in 1828, was the first Chinese person ever to graduate from a major US college. He then returned to his own world, seeing it now with outsiders? eyes. He brokered... more...

  • 400 Million Customersby Carl Crow; Paul French

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    Probably the best selling book on doing in business in China ever – and undoubtedly the best ever written – Carl Crow?s 400 Million Customers is both amusing and informed. First published in 1937, 400 Million Customers is the distillation of the experiences of one of the most successful foreign businessmen ever to wash up on the China coast. Crow... more...

  • Shanghai - High Lights, Low Lights, Tael Lightsby Maurine Karns; Pat Patterson

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    First published in 1936, this remarkable guidebook explores the seamier side of Shanghai, China, in the mid-1930s. Written by two pretty, dissolute foreigners living life to the fullest and working, at least partially, in a Whangpoo whiskey haze, this candid handbook focuses on the colorful nightlife—particularly the sex and sin—of the city. This... more...

  • Beleaguered in Pekingby Robert Coltman; Gareth Powell

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    In June 1900, Boxer rebels attacked the foreign community in China's capital, forcing all non-Chinese along with hundreds of Chinese Christians, to take refuge in the foreign Legation Quarter. In this first-hand account, American doctor Robert Coltman takes us inside the besieged legations, describing the diplomatic missteps, daring sorties, broken... more...

  • Chinese Junks and Other Native Craftby Ivon A. Donnelly; Gareth Powell

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    The sailing junk was an amazing vessel. From Tientsin to Hong Kong - and up and down the great rivers in between - Ivon A. Donnelly immortalized these lost treasures in this book from 1924, with a pen and sketchpad and with words that betray his passion for the ancient watercraft of China. Vivid and graceful, grotesque and gay, junks were supremely... more...