Recommended Reading: Modern China

Three excellent books for understanding modern China:

The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China, by Chen GuangCheng
— A very accessible and engaging first-person autobiographical novel that tells the story of a blind man from China and his fight for individual freedom.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, by Yong Zhao
— A detailed historical and contemporary analysis of the relationship between Chinese society and education in China.

Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower, by Henry M. Paulson
— Provides a high-level look at China’s contemporary macroeconomic policies along its path to ‘reform and opening up’ of its economy.  A familiarity with terminology related to economics and finance is helpful for making this book accessible.

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With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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