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Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics–Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations

rating: 2.0/5 Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics Never Forget National Humiliation—historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations When I first saw the bolded title of the book, “Never Forget National Humiliation”, the Chinese idiom translation popped in my head, along with images of the ChineseContinue reading “Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics–Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations”

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The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima

Book introduction: Told through Hersey who interviewed six survivors of the Hiroshima atom bomb, the journalistic masterpiece tells what happened on the day and forty years after the incident. Using new journalism techniques, the book powerfully tells a different side of the story. Book recommendation: The book is very touching and “stirs the conscience ofContinue reading “The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima”

Journalists, the real murderers?–The Journalist and the Murderer

Book introduction: Janet Malcolm examines the psychopathology of journalism using the example of the lawsuit of Jefferey MacDonald against Joe McGinniss, who published a book about the crime that MacDonald convicted although he was deceived in the entire interview process. The book examines the universal journalist-subject relationship and argues that journalists are treacherous and selfishContinue reading “Journalists, the real murderers?–The Journalist and the Murderer”

A boy with no tears– a story

People have different problems—and I have mine—I am incapable of shedding tears. You might console my untouched heart and tell me that it is a good thing for a boy. You would tell me that tears are the symbols of my weakness, vulnerability, fragility, and everything that makes me less of a boy. You areContinue reading “A boy with no tears– a story”

A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments

Book introduction The sequel to the classic The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments provides the readers with an ending to the mysteries of Gilead, an imaginary theocracy regime. Book recommendation Highly recommended to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale. For those who has not yet read The Handmaid’s Tale, both books are recommended because the dystopias areContinue reading “A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments”

A failed dystopian novel– book review of The Circle

Book Introduction In The Circle, Eggers creates an Internet company that seeks to take over the world by controlling users’ data and personal information. Following the story of Mae Holland, a female employee of the company, the book explores the devastating effects of a totalitarian government that controls citizens’ privacy and private information. book recommendationContinue reading “A failed dystopian novel– book review of The Circle”

Narrative and Culture–An Orchestra of Minorities

book introduction: The book is a hopeless love story between Chinoso and Ndali, whose family backgrounds are completely different. The book is also a celebration of love and an eulogy of the loss of love and life. Spanning continents and narrated by a chi, a guardian spirit of the Igbo culture, the story traverses theContinue reading “Narrative and Culture–An Orchestra of Minorities”

A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale

Book introduction The book is set in the future where the United States is taken over by the Republic of Gilead. Under the regime, women and men live under horror and bizarre consequences, and women are especially demoralized to birth-giving machines. The book is fascinating and written brilliantly. The unique point of view and narrationContinue reading “A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale”