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Ured both China and his heritage and finally complete his family’s long march back homeMelding memoir travelogue and social and political history The Porcelain Thief offers an intimate and unforgettable way to understand the complicated events that have defined China over the past two hundred years and provides a revealing lively perspective on contemporary Chinese society from the point of view of a Chinese American coming to terms with his hyphenated identit. A very interesting read which gives a good overview of the last 150 years or so of China as experienced by one family and their descendants From A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before In 1938 when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu s great great grandfather Liu s Yangtze River hometown of Xingang Liu was forced to bury his valuables including a vast collection of prized antiue porcelain and undertake a decades long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of miles Many years and upheavals later Hsu raised in Salt Lake City and armed only with curiosity moves to China to work in his uncle s semiconductor chip business Once there a conversation with his grandmother his last The Numbers Game revealing lively perspective on contemporary Chinese society from the point of view of a Chinese American coming to terms with his hyphenated identit. A very interesting Tall man riding. read which gives a good overview of the last 150 years or so of China as experienced by one family and their descendants From A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before In 1938 when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu s great great grandfather Liu s Yangtze River hometown of Xingang Liu was forced to bury his valuables including a vast collection of prized antiue porcelain and undertake a decades long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of miles Many years and upheavals later Hsu The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory raised in Salt Lake City and armed only with curiosity moves to China to work in his uncle s semiconductor chip business Once there a conversation with his grandmother his last

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The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

Ears and upheavals later Hsu raised in Salt Lake City and armed only with curiosity moves to China to work in his uncle’s semiconductor chip business Once there a conversation with his grandmother his last living link to dynastic China ignites a desire to learn about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself Mastering the language enough to venture into the countryside Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obsc. A solid 35 stars I m glad I read this

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A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family’s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before In 1938 when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu’s great great grandfather Liu’s Yangtze River hometown of Xingang Liu was forced to bury his valuables including a vast collection of prized antiue porcelain and undertake a decades long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of miles Many y. I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers ProgramThis is a rare case where reading this as a galley doesn t really give an adeuate picture of the book Hsu has penned a book that s part memoir part genealogy uest part history lesson on China As he says at one point trying to explain Chinese history is like trying to get a drink while drowning The beginning of the books has placeholders for maps and charts and that content would have helped immensely to understand the geography and the convoluted connections within Hsu s family which often confuses and surprises the author as wellHsu is American born and raised in Utah He had to deal with frustrating comments from other people the compliments on his English the way he stood out in lily white Mormon Utah but also didn t fit in with his Chi


10 thoughts on “The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

  1. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing for the advance copy There has been much written in recent years about the emergence of China

  2. says:

    I've read many China memoirs and Chinese history narratives so was excited to see a new take in Huan Hsu's The Porcelain Thief I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was parting with a good friend when the book ended Hsu is a fabulous writer I love his honesty and his bluntness when things don't go accor

  3. says:

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers ProgramThis is a rare case where reading this as

  4. says:

    I have mixed opinions about this book I liked how the author added Chinese history as a way to put his family's story into context both in terms of dates and how the bigger picture affected his family personally After finishing the book I was put off by the likelihood that the compelling details of his great grandfather burying his valuables were imagined and not necessarily real Also the multi page details of the personal stories of distan

  5. says:

    DNF The prose

  6. says:

    A solid 35 stars I’m glad I read this

  7. says:

    The book is interesting and the insights into China are great There are some lovely historical tangents I felt like the end was sudden and I a

  8. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book through NetgalleycomThis is an interesting book taking us through a journey of discovery with Huan Hsu the writer He takes us along his uest of his family china which is also a

  9. says:

    A very interesting read which gives a good overview of the last 150 years or so of China as experienced by one

  10. says:

    What a fascinating memoir involving a family myth resulting in the uest to ascertain the legitimacy of that myth Along the journey author Huan Hsu discovers his family's history through the memories of aging relatives He explores Chinese culture through living working and traveling within China and through conversations with many

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