We have put together a list of books, all of which are related to Chinese history, culture, food or society.

SHANGHIGH: Love Hate Punk / Martina Strul

This book is first of all a very personal love story. The Swiss artist and author (http://www.eyenex.ch/) falls in and out of love with a Chinese punk musician. More than 160 photographs illustrate their narrative. The books provides an exceptional insight into the Chinese underground which usually is not easily accessible for foreigners in China.

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Shanghai Strassenküchen / Julia Dautel, Nicole Keller

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cong Bing, Fried Noodles, Breakfast Baozi – if you love Shanghai street food as much as I do, this book is a must-have. The 50 delicious recipes are illustrated with photographs of various cookshops in the streets of Shanghai.

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Geschichte Chinas im 20. Jahrhundert / Sabine Dabringhaus

In order to understand China’s present and future, it is indispensable to understand China’s past. This book tells us the story of a country between tradition and modernization. A country that chose a unique path through the 20th century.

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Die neuen Asiaten / URS Schoettli

Former NZZ correspondent in China Urs Schoettli sheds light on the generation change in the Asian countries. What are the consequences of the transfer of power from the ’68 generation to their children and grandchildren?

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In den wilden Bergschluchten widerhallt ihr Pfeifen / Otto Meister

The Yunnan Vietnam Railway is one of the most spectacular railway projects of the past century. On its 855 km from Haiphong (Vietnam) to Kunming (China) the train crosses 173 bridges and 158 tunnels. There were over 60 000 Chinese and 80 European workers involved in the project. Many thousands of them died on site, mostly of malaria. One of the 80 European workers was an engineer from Zurich called Otto Meister – the author of the book.

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red dust / Ma Jian

Shortly after he turned 30, Ma Jian decides to take to the road. He packs little and takes off to discover his homeland China. He wanders for three years, facing big disappointments and discovering huge joy. A wonderful book that makes you want to go on an adventure yourself.

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Death of a Red Heroine / Qiu Xiaolong

The crime series following the work of inspector Chen Cao already contains nine novels of which “Death of a Red Heroine” is the first. It features lively descriptions of modern Shanghai as well as quotes from ancient and modern poets.

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East meets West / Yang Liu

Super simple pictograms explore the differences between the East and the West. The well thought out pictures do not need any more explanation. A marvelous way to bridge the cultural differences.

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