A Thousand Lives
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A Thousand Lives

3 Books For Understanding China

If you want to understand a country, listen to its women.

All photos are the author’s own, for more see @theopenbookshelf.

After an entire childhood stuck firmly within the trappings of the English Canon, I read my first Chinese author a few months before my sixteenth birthday. Her name was Jung Chang and reading her literally changed my life.




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Specialist in modern authoritarianism, feminist, political scientist in progress (PhD). Everyday academia, low-brow, no jargon/acronyms/obscure Latin.

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