Category Archives: Books

Singer-Songwriter’s First Book Lands on the Mainland

Singer-songwriter Chen Qizhen’s first book, Nowhere Else, made its debut on the Chinese mainland last month. Her path to fame mirrors that of many Chi- nese singers. As a young girl, Chen began com- posing songs for fun and moved on to singing competitions...


Colorful Language Blurs the Message of Lejia’s Color Theory Book

Since making a name for himself as a guest consultant on the popular dating show You Are the One, Lejia has expanded into roles as a host, speaker and author. He’s also an instructor and guest professor at Wuhan University and the Shanghai Theatre...


For Gao Xiaosong, Artistic Talent Comes First

There’s a popular joke circulating about Gao Xiaosong, a controversial celebrity in China who published his new book, Xiaosong Pedia, in June. The joke is that when Gao Xiaosong and Li Yifeng, a generally considered handsome actor, arrived at the airport at the same...


Popular Teacher Reveals New Path to Time Management

Motivational books can be tricky. Some are stirring and inspiring enough to change a person’s life, but most end up as one big bowl of sappy chicken soup that no one wants to swallow. New Oriental’s “celebrity” English teacher Ali’s new book A Year’s...


The Tale of the Monkey King

The most famous source of monkey king lore is Journey to the West, in which China’s favorite furry hero is born from rock and has the power to flip over the sky. But the language of Journey to the West leaves the book in...


Hide Behind the Blade

Most people know Xu Haofeng as the screenwriter of Wong Kar-wai’s Grandmaster, but Xu has other identities. Xu is a professor at the Department of Film Directing in Beijing’s Film Academy, a Taoism and martial arts enthusiast and a published author. His short story...


Ironic Astrologer Releases Capricorn-Bashing Book

Weibo users and fans of astrology are probably familiar with Tongdao Dashu, a Chinese humor writer known for his ironic analysis of the stars. Tongdao Dashu is a graduate of Tsinghua University who hails from Guangdong province. He found fame in 2013 when Weibo...


Jackie Chan: Growing Old Before Growing Up

Biographies of celebrities always win readers, and in most cases they are little more than a quick cash-in. But for Jackie Chan, a world famous actor who already has fame and money, an autobiography is just a way to record his life. Although there...


Easiest Way to Learn the Art of War

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is the earliest recorded book of military strategy and tactics the world. It has been translated in countless languages and remains on the must-read lists of every military academy. But the book’s archaic language can be hard to...


‘Skin’ a Story Collection for the Homesick

Cai Chongda’s Skin, published last December, is a prose collection of short stories. In the five months since, the stunning book has resonated with readers who were forced to leave home and work far away. Born in Minnan, Fujian province in 1982, Cai has...