Kerry Brown, a leading China scholar based in London, discusses the challenges of 2020 and the growing need to understand China and its history. Berkshire first published This Is China: The First 5,000 Years in 2010. Professor Brown has now updated the book in a second edition with a new chapter on recent developments.
The term “happy place” is not in the Oxford English Dictionary (though “happy slap” is), but I’ve been hearing the term a lot. There’s even a new shop in Great Barrington called HappyPlace Berkshires. I first dismissed it as therapeutic slang, but discovered that the concept actually goes back to the Greeks: a utopia is a
Professor and cookery writer Darra Goldstein talks with Karen Christensen about the 25th-anniversary edition of her cookbook, The Georgian Feast, published by the University of California Press.
Sean Chen explains how a biomedical engineer and blogger became the first person to translate the Qing dynasty gastronomic masterpiece, the Suiyuan Shidan, into English.
What is the most important thing to understand about China? I decided to send that question to our network of China experts late one afternoon.
These responses to Karen Christensen's question "What's the most important thing to know about China?" come from all over the world. Many are from Berkshire authors. We have arranged them by author name, and you can click a name to read that person's comment. We plan to highlight some of our favorite comments in future posts,
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
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
As we began to gather and test and share recipes for Chinese dishes, we discovered that the authors and academics we work with at Berkshire Publishing include many expert cooks and enthusiastic diners. Many of our colleagues share our interest in the history and culture of food. While your expertise may be Ming dynasty village life or
Update: We were not selected for the trade mission, but are grateful for all the encouragement, and for the many questions (including, "Are you out of your mind?"). It was useful to prepare the full application, which made me think about our work in China, and about the importance of showing how small businesses, based in