2014 Summer Reading

Yu Hua’s China in Ten Words

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Chinese author Yu Hua uses wit and insight to describe China’s burgeoning economy and dynamic society by referencing ten words including ‘bamboozle’, ‘people’ and ‘grassroots’. The book provides an interesting window into Hua’s vision of China and how the country has reshaped itself over the years. Likewise, it transcends the Chinese context, bringing to question social transitions, politics, ethics, labor, and income inequity, while at the same time prompting a more personal and internal examination about how each of us responds to the particular dilemmas in our own lives.

This is a profound work and has received praise from reviewers across the political spectrum:

Review by the New York Times

Review by the Wall Street Journal 

Links to Yu Hau’s book:


Chinese Edition

Kindle Edition