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Title:
The porcelain thief : searching the Middle Kingdom for buried China
Author:
Hsu, Huan, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
x, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Summary:
"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 antique 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 living link to dynastic China, ignites a desire to learn more about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
This is China -- A chicken talking with a duck -- Liu Feng Shu -- Panda Chinese -- The orphan -- Street fight -- Journey to the West -- The real China -- End of paradise -- From far Formosa -- City on fire -- Falling leaves return to their roots -- All death is a homecoming -- Nanjing -- Northern expedition -- A stumble from which there is no recovering -- The nine rivers -- The long valley -- Xingang marks the spot -- Chasing the moon from the bottom of the sea.
ISBN:
9780307986306
Format :
Book