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Berkshire 宝库山 at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Published on 16 Oct 2015

It is the golden season, when the Berkshire Hills light up with flaming reds and golds and tawny oranges, but I am in Frankfurt, Germany, for the famous book fair that began in the 17th century. Mar Kaiser, the Berkshire editor who manages our China projects from the lovely city of Heidelberg, Germany, joined me for a […]

CHINA Town Hall comes to Great Barrington on Monday, October 5th

Published on 01 Oct 2015

CHINA Town Hall comes to Great Barrington on Monday, October 5th
Please join us at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Alford Road in Great Barrington for a local, national, and global conversation on Monday, October 5th, starting at 5.30pm. This will be the first “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” in the Berkshires or Tri-state region. We’ll be joining 75 larger communities and university […]

No Adverbs, Please, Mr. Xi

Published on 22 Sep 2015

Tonight, the president of the People’s Republic of China, XI Jinping, will give the only policy speech of his first state visit to the United States. Below you’ll find a link for the live feed from the dinner taking place in Seattle. This has reminded me of the time I heard Mr. Xi speak in Washington […]

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4:

Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, King’s College in London
Hardcover $199 2015 1 Vol. 618 pages.   

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (1979-2015) provides a riveting new way to understand twenty-first-century China and a personal look at the changes that have taken place since the Reform and Opening Up era started in 1979. One hundred key individuals from this period were selected by an international group of experts, and the stories were written by more than 70 authors in 14 countries.

The authors map the paths taken by these individuals—some rocky, some meandering, some fateful—and in telling their stories give contemporary Chinese history a human face. The editors have included—with the advice of myriad experts around the world—not only the life stories of politicians and government officials, who play a crucial role in the development of the country, but the stories of cultural figures including, film directors, activists, writers, and entrepreneurs from the mainland China, Hong Kong, and also from Taiwan.

The “Greater China” that comes through in this volume has diverse ideas and identities. It is often contradictory, sometimes fractious, and always full of creative human complexity. Some of the lives rendered here are heroic. Some are tragic, and many are inspirational. Some figures come in for trenchant criticism, and others are celebrated with a sense of wonder and awe.

Like previous volumes of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, this volume includes a range of appendices, including a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, and a timeline of key events.

New Titles
  • Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography Volume 4
  • Berkshire Essentials: The Internet in China
  • Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
  • This Fleeting World
  • This Is America
Coming Soon
  • Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines
  • This Is Africa
  • This Good Earth
  • This Sporting World
  • City, The: A Global Handbook