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The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

Etown of Xingang the family was forced to bury their valuables including a vast and prized collection of antiue porcelain and to flee on a decades long trek that would splinter it over thousands of miles and countless upheavals Hsu raised in Salt Lake City and armed with mere strands of a family legend moves to China to work in his uncle's semiconductor chip business and begins to understand his family's history as he never has before A conversation with his grandmother the last living link to his family's life in dynastic China ignites his desire to learn about not only his ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself Mastering conversational Chinese enough to launch hims. I have mixed opinions about this book I liked how the author added Chinese history as a way to put his family s story into context both in terms of dates and how the bigger picture affected his family personally After finishing the book I was put off by the likelihood that the compelling details of his great grandfather burying his valuables were imagined and not necessarily real Also the multi page details of the personal stories of distant family members didn t add much to the story and slowed down the story I did find the author s research on porcelain history interesting as well as his views and insights on Chinese culture Great Famine the family was forced The Color of Night to bury What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings their valuables including a vast and prized collection of antiue porcelain and Pulse (Frank Quinn, to flee on a decades long Obsession trek The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico that would splinter it over Simply Napkins thousands of miles and countless upheavals Hsu raised in Salt Lake City and armed with mere strands of a family legend moves The Unconscious Civilization to China The Complete Tightwad Gazette to work in his uncle's semiconductor chip business and begins The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to understand his family's history as he never has before A conversation with his grandmother الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the last living link Writing and Selling Magazine Articles to his family's life in dynastic China ignites his desire The Strange Bird to learn about not only his ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself Mastering conversational Chinese enough Collected Stories to launch hims. I have mixed opinions about Collected Stories this book I liked how Cleopatras Daughter the author added Chinese history as a way Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! to put his family s story into context both in Settlers terms of dates and how Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the bigger picture affected his family personally After finishing The Sphinx the book I was put off by Tidelands (Fairmile the likelihood Pretty Lucy Merwyn that Strings the compelling details of his great grandfather burying his valuables were imagined and not necessarily real Also Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the multi page details of Catch and Release the personal stories of distant family members didn Devils Paw (Imp, t add much Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, to All Tied Up the story and slowed down The Film Snob*s Dictionary the story I did find In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the author s research on porcelain history interesting as well as his views and insights on Chinese culture

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Hsu a first generation Chinese American returns to China to discover the fate of his great great grandfather's long buried porcelain collection and in the process unearths the key to understanding his family's history over the past one hundred years of Chinese history In the tradition of the best works of history that uncover a forgotten family story such as The Hare with Amber Eyes or The Lost The Porcelain Thief recounts journalist Huan Hsu's journey through the old and new worlds of China to find hidden treasure reconnect with his ancestry and come to terms with his hyphenated identity In 1938 when the Japanese arrived in Hsu's great great grandfather's Yangtze River hom. Thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing for the advance copy There has been much written in recent years about the emergence of China and the changing culture and its impact on the global economy As with any change it s vital to understand the history and background that lead to the current evolution So many have done this with detailed historical analysis and broad high level observations But what about the story through the eyes and life of one individual Huan Hsu tells the story of emerging China through his own family history and in context of both Western and Eastern cultures If you really stop to think about this it s a pretty incredible feat To tell the story of an individual life in context of a society that values the collective Hsu s writing took a bit to get used to For one thing he comes across as a bit static at first and a touch self aggrandizing Born and raised in Mormon Utah as a first generation Chinese American he arrives in China as an employee of his uncle s tech company but his true mission is to locate or find out what happened to his ancestor s valuable porcelain collection Before he can even begin this task he must first learn the language culture and intricate family nuances I said that he came across as a touch haughty because he initially is resistant to these changes and the work in general He approaches it as almost pesky barriers at first Without giving too much away Hsu evolves and learns to appreciate his history culture and the journey to uncover his past Turns out he s not static but dynamic and he uickly evolves in his appreciation and love for his roots Hsu is a superb writer His voice is uniue personal and uietly powerful I look forward to a positive critical response to this I haven t seen this on any preview or anticipated books of the year lists but I think it has great potential to be a surprise success and if given the proper buzz a bestseller A good literary companion book would be To Live

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Elf into the countryside Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have grown up around both his family and China and finally complete his family's long march back home Melding memoir travelogue ethnography and social and political history The Porcelain Thief takes the reader along with Hsu as he travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan to learn about his family's fabled porcelain collection and as a result about the great great grandparents and estranged aunts and uncles he never knew The Porcelain Thief is an intimate and personal way to understand the bloody tragic and largely forgotten events that defined Chinese history in the 19th and 20th centu. The book is interesting and the insights into China are great There are some lovely historical tangents I felt like the end was sudden and I also don t feel like it was finished or rounded up properly which earns it three stars for an abrupt slightly unsatisfying ending But I think it s still worth a read for anyone interested in Chinese cultural history

  • Hardcover
  • 400
  • The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China
  • Huan Hsu
  • English
  • 14 July 2019
  • 9780007479436

10 thoughts on “The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

  1. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing for the advance copy There has been much written in recent years about the emergence of China and the changing culture and its impact on the global economy As with any change it's vital to understand the history and background that lead to the current evolution So many have done this with detailed historical analysis and broad high level observations But what about the story throu

  2. says:

    I've read many China memoirs and Chinese history narratives so was excited to see a new take in Huan Hsu's The Porcelain Thief I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was parting with a good friend when the book ended Hsu is a fabulous writer I love his honesty and his bluntness when things don't go according to plan in China And he weaves in Chinese history that makes it fascinating even for those who kno

  3. says:

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers ProgramThis is a rare case where reading this as a galley doesn't really give an adeuate picture of the book Hsu has penned a book that's part memoir p

  4. says:

    I have mixed opinions about this book I liked how the author added Chinese history as a way to put his family's st

  5. says:

    DNF The prose was whiny and boring and a far cry from the compelling narrative that opens the memoir Seeking encouragement to keep going I read some reviews and discovered that this narrative is actually mostly fiction and the ending

  6. says:

    A solid 35 stars I’m glad I read this

  7. says:

    The book is interesting and the insights into China are great There are some lovely historical tangents I felt like the end was sudden and I also don’t feel like it was finished or rounded up properly which earns it three stars for an abrupt slightly unsatisfying ending But I think it’s still worth a read for anyone interested

  8. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book through NetgalleycomThis is an interesting book taking us through a journey of discovery with Huan Hsu the writer He takes us along his uest of his family china which is also a uest to unknot the complicated and forgotten threads of his family history Actually the china feels like an

  9. says:

    A very interesting read which gives a good overview of the last 150 years or so of China as experienced by one family and t

  10. says:

    What a fascinating memoir involving a family myth resulting in the uest to ascertain the legitimacy of that myth Along the journey author Huan Hsu discovers his family's history through the memories of aging rela

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