Mr. Leong Wai Hong

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (197 of 236)
Location: Malaysia
Birthday: 28 Jan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 26,823 - Total Helpful Votes: 197 of 236
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle fo&hellip by Rana Mitter
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 22 July 2013
This is an excellent book. It is highly readable and based on extensive research. There is also a useful list of Further Reading at the end of the book.
Other readers have set out at length the scope of this book. So I wont repeat them here. I would just like to point out the question posed in the book at p 17 - " ( Since China and Japan) were 'as close as lips and teeth' how did they come to fight one of the bloodiest wars in history ? ". In my respectful view , the question has not been answered clearly in the book. The suggestion that the diffusion of power ( from the Qing government to the warlords ) encouraged the invasion of China ( p 22 ); and that the fight for influence over… Read more
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-&hellip by R. Po-chia Hsia
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 16 July 2013
This is a 2012 book and the first critical biography of Ricci to use all relevant sources, both Chinese and Western. This is a very well-written biography. The research is thorough. For a broader perspective of the Jesuit Mission to China you should read Journey to the East by Liam Brockey.
The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man's Life in a &hellip by Henrietta Harrison
Based on nearly 400 volumes of Liu da peng's diary and other writings recorded over 50 years , this slim book illustrates what life was like under the Manchus and under the Japanese occupation. I find this book fascinating. Harrison writes well and neatly conveyed details of every day's life in a China village in the context of momentous changes in China. Her research is thorough. I highly recommend this book.