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  • Isham Cook added new listing Confucius and Opium in History
    Have foreigners shaped China’s history to a greater extent than has previously been acknowledged, reaching back possibly millennia? Was Confucius’ most famous book, the Analects,...
    Have foreigners shaped China’s history to a greater extent than has previously been acknowledged, reaching back possibly millennia? Was Confucius’ most famous book, the Analects, inspired by...
    Have foreigners shaped China’s history to a greater extent than has previously been acknowledged, reaching back possibly millennia? Was Confucius’ most famous book, the Analects, inspired by entheogenic medicines imported from abroad, possession of which in the 1930s brought one before the firing squad in the name of Confucius? In these book review essays by Isham Cook, foreign devils, old China Hands, eccentric expatriates, and a few Chinese tell an offbeat history of China’s last two centuries, with a backward glance at ancient China as told by Western mummies.
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  • If there was ever a story with an extreme cultural divide to navigate, it’s A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (Anchor, 2008). A young woman from rural China is plopped down...
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  • Isham Cook created a new blog post, The adorable expat eccentric
    The adorable expat eccentric
    •   Literary
    •   Thursday, 23 January 2020
    A lazy, hidebound assumption has long held sway about people who work as English teachers abroad: it’s the only job the “losers” and “bottom feeders” can find, as they lack the qualifications to hack ...
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  • Bird’s-eye view of Fox Tower (bottom) looking west along the Tartar City Wall toward Hata Gate (top) in this bronze relief map of 1949 Beijing (Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall; photo by Isham Cook).P...
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  • The breasts of Bali: An update
    Abandoned souvenir painting shop, Ubud, Bali (photo by Isham Cook, 2019). And our women would have to cover their breasts as if they were whores…Vicki Baum, Love and Death in Bali If you wonder what y...
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  • Multilingualism and the time travel novel
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    •   Saturday, 03 November 2018
     Wrap your watch around thisTime travel has long provided rich material for writers. Yet problems crop up as soon as you try to work out exactly how to shift a mere hour forward in time, let alone day...
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  • Isham Cook is now friends with Vihang A. Naik
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  • Isham Cook is now friends with Mia London
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