Interpretations of Asia

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: China’s Crisis, China’s Hope

China’s Crisis, China’s Hope

Liu, Binyan

This book—written in one man’s eloquent voice—is testimony to his belief that the need for democratic reform has taken root among the Chinese people and that they will ultimately take steps to transform their nation.

Cover: One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong under Reform

One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong under Reform

Vogel, Ezra F.

The first Western scholar invited by a province to make such an extended visit, Ezra Vogel traveled to every prefecture in Guangdong and conducted hundreds of interviews to get a true picture of how post-Mao reforms are working. The result is a richly detailed study of a region on the cutting edge of socialist reform.

Cover: Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945

Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945

Lee, Leo Ou-fan

Leo Ou-fan Lee gives us a wide-angle view of Shanghai culture in the making. He shows us the architecture and urban spaces in which the new commercial culture flourished, then guides us through the publishing and filmmaking industries that nurtured a whole generation of artists and established a bold new style in urban life known as modeng.

Cover: The Chinese Vernacular Story

The Chinese Vernacular Story

Hanan, Patrick

The huaben, or vernacular story, was one of the richest, most varied, and appealing genres in Chinese literature, often reaching a larger audience than works in Classical Chinese. And yet because of its very popularity, the huaben was almost entirely disregarded by official society. Hanan brings this intriguing half-buried literature to light.

A Brief History of Equality, by Thomas Piketty, translated by Steven Rendall, from Harvard University Press

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Five Reasons Why You Should Read Thomas Piketty’s A Brief History of Equality

In his surprising and powerful new work, A Brief History of Equality, Thomas Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. We asked him about his impassioned new book: why he wrote it, how it’s optimistic, and what we need to do to continue making progress on creating an equitable world.