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8 great books about "ordinary" China

Penny Jones
 
The Corpse Walker
The Corpse Walker
"Liao Yiwu  spent 11 years interviewing 'ordinary' Chinese people whose stories are far from ordinary."
The Noodle Maker
The Noodle Maker
"One of Ma Jian's lesser-known works that focuses on normal Chinese people"
Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China
Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China
"Leslie Chang interviews the under-appreciated factory workers who keep China's economy running"
CHINA: Portrait of a People
CHINA: Portrait of a People
"Photographer Tom Carter spent several years taking pictures of 'ordinary' Chinese people from across all 33 provinces"
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
"Average Chinese girl runs away to Beijing, experiences love and life along the way."
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
"A series of stories about the regular lives of present-day Chinese"
Miss Chopsticks
Miss Chopsticks
"3 sisters going through the banality of life in a male-dominated modern village"
Colours Of The Mountain
Colours Of The Mountain
"Memoir about growing up in a rural village, then making the leap to Beijing."