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Authors of the World Unite! | 8 January 2014

Dear Red Roomer,


“. . .despite constant media coverage, increased tourism and rampant foreign investment, the cultural distance between China and the West remains as vast as the oceans that separate them.”
–Promotional copy from Tom Carter’s photography collection China: Portrait of a People

Carter spent two years backpacking 56,000 kilometers (35,000 miles) across all thirty-three provinces in China, including some of the most remote locations in the country. En route, he discovered and photographed immense geographic and ethnic diversity, with a focus on the people he met along the way. Retired college professor—and co-author of the novel The Brothers’ KeepersJohn Paddison took what he calls a “grassroots” approach when compiled his own photo collection into China Photos and Reflections.

Books about China—whether by Chinese authors like The Flowers of War’s Geling Yan and Twin-Sun River’s Shouhua Qi; diaspora authors who write about China like Amy Tan (The Valley of Amazement), Maxine Hong Kingston (The Fifth Book of Peace), and Belle Yang (Forget Sorrow); or foreigners writing about historical figures (like Antonio Garrido, with his fictionalized version of the historical Cí Song The Corpse Reader) or what they saw when they went to China like Carter and Paddison—all contribute to promoting understanding across the distance Carter describes.


If you’ve lived in or visited China, please share your memories on your blog. If you’ve never been, please share a memorable impression you’ve received from talking to Chinese people, or from books, articles, documentaries, or movies.

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