Category Archives: books

Repressing religion in China is not the big picture – Ian Johnson

The forceful removal of crosses at churches and the arrest of Christians have hit of Western media regularly. But that is not the big picture, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, at CNN. Those government actions are mainly symbolic, he says.

Why and how should prostitution be decriminalized – Zhang Lijia

In China most women enter the prostitution on their own free will. The government is criminalizing them, forcing them into a submissive position. What can be done? Author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution researched the sex trade in China, and possible solutions and discusses government approaches.

Exploring China´s flower girls – Zhang Lijia

The leading Chinese magazine Caixin interviews author Zhang Lijia about her book Lotus: A Novel about prostitution in China. “Prostitutes are real people, and I wanted to expose that. Like any job, there are drawbacks. But their lives are not totally bleak either.”

2017: Even sharper drop in outbound investments – Shaun Rein

At the end of 2016 a sharp decline in outbound investments by China became clear as financial restrictions kicked in. Business analyst Shaun Rein expects the curtailing measures to last for at least six months into 2017, he tells the South China Morning Post.

An uplifting book on a sad subject: review of Lotus by Zhang Lijia

Commentator Dan Southerland of Radio Free Asia is clearly touched by the moving book Lotus: A Novel by Zhang Lijia on the life of prostitutes in China. “An uplifting book on a sad subject,” he says about the book.

Getting to know your China investors might be tough – Victor Shih

Some concern emerged in Canada when an investment company Leadon Investment Inc had invested US$1 billion in local hotels. Getting to know who is behind those investment vehicles with a China background might be very hard to discover, says financial analyst Victor Shih to the Vancouver Sun.

Why writing in English makes me freer – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the recently published Lotus: A Novel is a native from Nanjing, but writes in English. Writing in her chosen language makes her feel more free, she explains in an interview with Mengfei Chen of the LA Review of Books.

Comparing China´s generations – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explores his insights in the different generations he saw in China, born in both the 1980s and 1990s, in a lecture for the Asia Society, just before leaving China after 18 years. “They want a free mind, but within a framework,” he tells his audience.

Shaun Rein: daring thinker, say Australia´s CPA´s

Leading business analyst Shaun Rein has been selected by CPA´s in Australia as on of the top-10 daring thinkers of 2016. Author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, his thoughts on China´s innovative road into the future has triggered off his selection, reports InTheBlack.com.

US-China economic relations need a re-set – Arthur Kroeber

While US president-elect Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in, global business leaders worry what the near future might bring them. A trade war, business as usual or something in between? US-China economic relations for sure need a re-set, tells leading economist Arthur Kroeber, and author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® in the Chicago Tribune.