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Social Science Asian Studies

Jan Wong's China

Reports From A Not-So-Foreign Correspondent

by (author) Jan Wong

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Oct 2000
Asian Studies, China, Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2000
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jan Wong looks back on her body of work as a foreign correspondent in China in the late '80s and early '90s. Despite the fact that China continues to transform itself, Wong discovers that nothing really changes, and what she wrote then about love, work and living still holds, as do the conflicts over who rules, who survives, and who gets the bigger slice of Peking Duck. With wry humour and behind-the-scenes detail, Wong incorporates a selection of her articles published in The Globe and Mail into a richly narrated journalistic adventure.

Jan Wong's first book, Red China Blues, was named one of Time magazine's top ten books of 1996 and remains banned in China.

About the author

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, which was named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Jan Wong's books

"A marvellous book by one of Canada's best-ever foreign correspondents at the top of her form."
The Gazette (Montreal)

"Totally captivating. . . . A wonderful memoir."
The Globe and Mail
"A lovely read. . . . One can only hope this book is the first of many."
The Financial Post

"A marvellous window opening—on to an enigmatic society."
The National Post
"A rich selection of China's people, places, and anecdotes."
The Globe and Mail

"A valuable first-person account of life, death and politics in a still-mysterious and troubled Asian giant."
The Edmonton Journal

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