Kerry Brown reviews Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations Past and Present by June Teufel Dreyer

The late Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew once typified the China-Japan relationship as one where, on one side (China's) nothing is forgotten, and on the other (Japan's) nothing is remembered. This neat summary comes towards the end of June Teufel Dreyer's comprehensive overview of the relationship - Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising

By |2017-12-13T11:38:31-05:00November 9th, 2017|Book reviews|0 Comments

Berkshire Publishing Goes to China

Originally published in Publishers Weekly Volume 255 Issue 27 07/07/2008 by Judith Rosen Founded a decade ago by Karen Christensen and her ex-husband, David Levinson, as a reference book packager, Berkshire Publishing Group in Great Barrington, Mass., transitioned into a trade and professional publishing house in 2004. But even before that, Christensen knew that the direction she

By |2017-10-27T13:17:06-05:00October 19th, 2017|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Kerry Brown reviews Story of the Stone, or Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin, translated by David Hawkes and John Minford

For me, 2017 will go down as the year I finally managed to make it through the David Hawkes and John Minford five volume translation of the Story of the Stone – (石头记) or , as it is more famously known, Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼 梦) (Penguin 1973–1986) by the Qing writer Cao Xueqin

By |2017-10-15T19:18:45-05:00August 31st, 2017|Book reviews|0 Comments

Kerrry Brown reviews The Golden Lotus by Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng, translated by Clementon Egerton

The one thing I knew about the great Ming novel The Golden Lotus (Jinpingmei – 金瓶梅) by Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng (Tuttle 2011) was that it is regarded as an infamously explicit text with passages so inflammatory that its earlier translators into English rendered the most lurid into Latin, as a form of delicate censorship. This

By |2017-08-20T17:42:50-05:00August 17th, 2017|Book reviews|0 Comments

Kerry Brown reviews The Killing Wind: A Chinese County’s Descent into Madness during the Cultural Revolution by Tan Heçheng

It is a sultry early autumn day in the central province of Hunan in China, half a century ago in 1967. In a small cluster of villages, remote from the main political centre in Beijing, life revolves around farming, tending animals, just making a basic living. But for a couple of weeks, from around the 20th

By |2017-10-15T19:19:20-05:00August 15th, 2017|Book reviews|0 Comments

Kerry Brown reviews I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom translated by John Minford

I started 2017 by ending a reading of John Minford's magnificent translation of the classical Chinese uber-text, The Book of Changes (I-Ching, or, in pinyin, Yijing): I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom (Viking 2014). This is an Amazon affiliate link for your convenience. We also encourage you

By |2017-10-15T19:19:30-05:00August 10th, 2017|Book reviews|0 Comments

On Going Home to England

In 2006 I wrote a blog post about how much I missed England and the homesickness I felt for my London neighborhood and friends I made when I was a young working mum. It got a lot of responses; I wasn't the only one who had regrets about moving on, or a lingering desire to be at home again

By |2017-06-08T17:17:28-05:00June 8th, 2017|Berkshire Blog|7 Comments

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