Five Quirky Blogs to Check Out

A few blogs we’ve stumbled across in recent weeks that, depending on your interests, may merit your further attention:

1. “China Book Reviews” runs (as you might expect) reviews of an unusual selection of China books, including a few we’ve mentioned or reviewed ourselves, like Jeff Wasserstrom’s Brave New World and Mobo Gao’s The Battle for China’s Past (which Kate Merkel-Hess reviewed for TLS last spring).

2. Anna Greenspan wrote a piece for China in 2008 about the tainted milk scandal in China last fall. Now she is keeping her own blog about her experiment with placing her three-year old in local Chinese preschool rather than sending him to international school.

3. Mark Anthony Jones has become one of our most regular commenters, but he also has his own website, where he has just started a blog with some great images from his visits to his students’ dorms.

4. Crystal Mo keeps an entertaining food in Shanghai blog at City Weekend.

5. Chinese historian Jim Millward keeps his own blog called “The World on a String,” that includes musings on everything from the history of the pipa to the Jonas Brothers.


Mark Anthony Jones said...

Thanks for the plug! I plan to update my site far more regularly as from May (I'm just too busy right now with work commitments). This July I'll be attending the Chinese Studies Association of Australia Biannual Conference, at the University of Sydney, and I believe Jeff Wasserstrom will be one of the keynote speakers, along with David Goodman and Mary Farquhar. I'm hoping to cover the conference on my blog, perhaps providing detailed summaries of each speaker's address - and maybe even I'll have the chance to interview some of the speakers (preferably over a few quite beers!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the China book review blog. Excellent resource!

I would recommend that all those interested in Mr. Jones' site take a look at some of his earlier writings and activitites.