Thursday, November 02, 2006

What the Chinese don't eat

Recently read the above book by Xinran. Xinran was a Chinese radio reporter who took on women's issues, not entirely to the delight of her bosses. More recently she lived in England (she has an English husband/partner) and wrote a column for the Guardian. Reading this book I was a bit disappointed - because it consists of a collection of her newspaper columns, all the articles are relatively short. Also she recycled many stories of which we had read, in much greater detail and with much greater compassion, in her book 'The Good Woman of China' - now that book is worth reading. If you have never been to China, and even more if you have led a sheltered life in Western Europe, it will really open your eyes!