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Book Club May

On Sunday 13 May, we shall be discussing The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up by Michael Meyer.

In 1995, Meyer, a young American from Minnesota, enrolled in the Peace Corps and found himself posted to Neijiang, a small city in a remote part of Sichuan Province. His job was to teach ‘writing and civilization’ to college students and thus began “an unexpected engagement with China that has lasted more than twenty years.”

This is a deeply personal story that captures the experience of learning a language, culture and history “from the ground up”. Funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is recommended reading for anyone interested in how daily life plays out in China today.

Regulars and newcomers – all are welcome. Admission is free and refreshments are served.

When: Second Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.

Where: Library, 3rd floor

How much: FREE

Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867


Book Club is planning ahead!


Sunday 10 June

Book: The Death of Woman Wang

By Jonathan D. Spence

Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of  provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of T’an-ch’eng is as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, a bad-tempered farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands…


Sunday 8 July

Book: The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir

By Wenguang Huang

In 1966, the Chinese Communist Party declared  the ‘Four Olds’ –  Customs, Cultures, Habits and Ideas –to be ” anti–proletarian anathemas fostered over  thousands of years by the exploiting classes, to poison the minds of the people.” Among other things, burials were outlawed and cremation became compulsory. Having a traditional burial could mean danger and ruin for an entire family. In 1973, when Wenguang Huang was eight years old, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she appealed to her family to honour her wish to be buried…


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