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Huan Hsu The Porcelain Thief. WHEN I MOVED to China, I knew it would be mean. I expected chaos, overcrowding, pollution, the absence of Western manners and sanitation, inefficiency, and stomach problems.
Huan Hsu The Porcelain Thief. There were no means for passengers to notify the driver, yet they made all the right stops and always paused to let sprinting passengers catch up. Everything operated according to unspoken and unwritten rules, and it was no wonder why so many Westerners became seduced by China, because the foundation for all this chaos was exactly what they had been told their whole lives that China lacked: freedom. Nowhere was this more evident than on the roads.
Huan Hsu takes us on an intriguing journey into his family's and China's tumultuous past. The Porcelain Thief provides a great, intimate view into how modern China really works. Frank Langfitt, NPR Correspondent, Shanghai. Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing and In Manchuria. The Porcelain Thief is a wonderful read.
Huan Hsu, a journalist raised in America and armed only with curiosity, returned to China many years later
Huan Hsu, a journalist raised in America and armed only with curiosity, returned to China many years later. Wanting to learn more about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself, Hsu set out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obscured both China and his heritage and finally completed his family’s long march back home.
When Huan Hsu, Liu Feng Shu's great-great grandson, stumbled upon this family story, he entered a race against time .
When Huan Hsu, Liu Feng Shu's great-great grandson, stumbled upon this family story, he entered a race against time, geography, and Chinese bureaucracy to interview his elderly relatives, learn what he could about the history of porcelain, and dig in Xingang. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part socio-political history, The Porcelain Thief is a rare portrait of modern China
But before they left a hole was dug as deep as a man, and as wide as a bedroom, in which was stowed the family heirlooms. Pages: 400. Binding: HRD. Publication Date: 2015-03-23.
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Huan Hsu. In 1938, with the Japanese army approaching from Nanking, Huan Hsu's great-great grandfather, Liu, and his five granddaughters, were forced to flee their hometown on the banks of the Yangtze River. despite having graduated from a missionary boarding school and college, had never demonstrated much ability with English, I conscripted my mother to ask my grandmother questions about the porcelain and report back the answers, an imperfect arrangement that led to many outbursts over why my mother had not asked the obvious follow-up question or clarified a detail.
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The Porcelain Thief provides a great, intimate view into how modern China really works. The dig turns up more than ancient family valuables, as Hsu meets distant relatives and learns of the turmoil that they endured and that he, as an American-born Chinese, avoided.
The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China by Huan Hsu AZW3
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 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. Mastering the language enough to venture into the countryside, Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obscured both China and his heritage and finally complete his family’s long march back home.
Melding 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 200 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 identity.