We hear about China all the time in the news. It has one of the richest and longest literary histories in the world. It's a huge and changing country, and there are a million books out there to enjoy. In order to help us understand China, join the China Challenge!
The challenge will last a year and a day, from September 1, 2009-September 1, 2010. Feel free to snag a button and sign up in the comments!
Audio books are fine, as are books for all age levels. If you want ideas of things to read, just click on the "China" tag at the end of this post to see a bunch of my previous reviews of all sorts of books about China.
There are several levels to choose from:
Read 1 book about China. I'm defining this pretty loosely, but the majority of the action should take place in China. For the sake of ease, places such as Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, and Taiwan count.
Fast Train to Shanghai:
Read 5 books about China
1 should be a translated work of fiction by a Chinese author (or not translated if you have the language skills.) I will make exceptions for Chinese authors that also write in English-- their English works are fine.
1 should be nonfiction
Hiking the Great Wall:
Read 10 books about China
1 should be a work of translated fiction
1 should be nonfiction.
Here you can read 1 book (but only 1) about Chinese immigration. So, stories of Chinese people abroad, or nonfiction about overseas Chinese communities.
Silk Road Trek:
Same as "Hiking the Great Wall," but you also have to do (and blog about!) at least 3 of these other China-Related activities:
1. Listen to a lesson or two on Chinese Pod (the Newbie lessons are free for all) and learn some Mandarin
2. Check out a Chinese cookbook and make a dish that's new to you
3. Go out for Chinese food. If you can, dim sum brunch!
4. Read a blog about China (my daily China reads are: Shanghaiist, Danwei, China Beat, and Laura & Tony. Don't worry, they're all in English!)
5. Listen to some Chinese music! Peking Opera might not be your cup of tea, but try Shanghai Lounge Divas or listen to some current Indie music from China here or the phenomenal Afterquake.
6. Watch a Chinese film
7. Check out a travel guide and plan a vacation to China-- it's a huge country--what cities do you want to go to and what do you want to see while there?
8. Actually take that vacation! Or a different trip to China.
9. Attend a Chinese cultural event or art exhibit in your area.
UPDATE! Mr. Linky is my friend again. If you signed up in the comments, you're good to go!