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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Shanghai Story Walksby Yvette Ho Madany

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 9.99

    A walking tour of China?s Shanghai, this unique guide acquaints travelers with the city?s architecture and traditions. Written from the perspective of a native, this handbook presents the scenic and history-laden paths of Shanghai while revealing its people?s character as well as the grand and gaudy landmarks. more...

  • Willow Pattern Walkaboutby Kirwan Ward; Paul Rigby; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2011; US$ 29.99

    Unexpectedly in 1958, an irreverent British journalist and Australian cartoonist duo were granted visas to visit Communist China at its most closed and inscrutable. Emerging from the writings of Kirwan Ward and the drawings of Paul Rigby is a picture of China at a key moment in its history—still feeding off the exhilaration of the creation of “People?s... more...

  • Red Rockby Jonathan Campbell

    Earnshaw Books 2011; US$ 14.99

    Rebellious, individualistic, and explosive, rock and roll seems incongruent with modern Chinese society. However, as the music has evolved from a Western import into something uniquely Chinese, it has been shaped by the nation?s unique system and its relationship with the outside world. As it tracks the music's long journey from the Mao years to... more...

  • Gage Street Courtesanby Christopher New

    Earnshaw Books 2013; US$ 15.99

    Franziska Goldmann, an opera singer fallen on hard times, has become the star courtesan in 19th century Hong Kong. A chance encounter with Queen Victoria?s musical second son seems to offer Franziska an opportunity to resume her career as a singer. But, it is the other unpredictable characters in her life, including her German anarchist lover and a... 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...