Living Elsewhere:Twenty Portraits ofOrdinary People
by Yan LizhongPublished by the Chinese OverseasPublishing House, May 2012
Yan Lizhong is a journalistwith China’s Life magazine.This book is based on hisexperiences as a reporter overthe past decade, in which he developeda method of depictingordinary people and their livesfrom singular perspectives. His20 subjects for the book includea cook, a delivery boy, astreet singer, a miner, an AIDSvolunteer, a prison guard, aprivate collector, a foster parentfor left-behind children, adramatic actor, a reform schoolteacher, an environment activist,a resident of a landmineriddenvillage, a retired worldchampion weightlifter, a cyclistwho circled the world, a forestranger, a rural doctor, a retiredsoldier, a porcelain painter,a tomb guard, and a railroadmaintenance worker. Criticshave commented that thesilent voices and lonely facesdepicted in Yan’s book showcasesome overlooked pieces ofglistening China and the fastchangingera.
A Broken Family:The Desperate Relationbetween aFather and His Sonfrom Chinese Mainlandto Taiwan
by Liang Xuan
Published by Guangxi NormalUniversity Press, March 2012
This book recounts storiesabout a broken family separatedby the Taiwan Straits, aswell as the author’s personallife. The author led a life full offrustration: He was abandonedby his parents, became a monkwhen he was young, skippedschool, became a thief, foughtwith his father, and ran awayfrom home. The author alsodescribes how his father didn’tshow at his wedding, took overNational Taiwan University,and participated in campaignsto defend China’s Diaoyu Islands.......