Thomas Carter

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Location: Beijing, China
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Travel photographer Tom Carter is the author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author.



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Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone W&hellip by Susan Blumberg-Kason
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A true cautionary tale for any romantics abroad who believe that exotic intrigue is enough to sustain an interracial marriage, Good Chinese Wife will wrench hearts as much as it will enrage readers on both sides of the gender debate.

Susan Blumberg-Kason is a shy, frizzy-haired American exchange student in Hong Kong, where she meets an attractive Chinese scholar ten years her senior. Waltzing their nights away in dance halls, the previously married Cai doesn't waste time. "In China couples traditionally date only if they plan to marry."

Susan's insecurity, which is her biggest folly, gets the best of her, and gets hitched, simply so "I'd no longer worry about whether… Read more
How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Storie&hellip by Shannon Young
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4.0 out of 5 stars Broads abroad!, 2 July 2014
"Fempat" is a new word that was coined during the controversy surrounding last year's debut of my own China expat anthology, Unsavory Elements, and while it is wrongly attributed to me, my defining it in media interviews as "those angry, lonely, single female expats in China who are overlooked by western males seeking Chinese girlfriends" only served to secure it in the lexicon of world travel terminology.

The latest collection of stories by expatriate women in Asia, How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?, was being assembled and edited at the same time as Unsavory's "fempat" fallout, and editor Shannon Young does not hesitate to touch on the topic in her introduction: "Too often… Read more
Yang Shen: The God from the West, Book 1: Landfall&hellip by James Lande
In the grand tradition of ambitious nautical classics Tai-Pan and the Aubrey-Maturin series, James Lande’s debut novel Yang Shen brings us back to the well-sailed yet never-dull seas of 1800’s Imperial China. The southern coast is in the bloody throws of the Taiping Rebellion and tens of thousands of pissed-off peasants are descending on Shanghai.

The waning Manchu-led government’s only recourse is to retain American sailor Fletcher Thorson Wood (based on real-life soldier-of-fortune Frederick Townsend Ward and his “Ever Victorious Army”) to train a ragtag band of Chinese soldiers in the Western military style.

It is obvious from the first page that Lande has invested… Read more