Collecting China

Brian McElney
Brian McElney was born in Hong Kong in the early 1930s, and for more than two decades was one of the territory's top lawyers. But in his spare time, he also put together one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian antiques in the world, many of them spotted by him amongst the knick-knacks on Hollywood Road and Cat Street.

Tales of Old Manila

Lisa Angstadt
Manila, and the Philippine islands beyond it, has a rich history, filled with Spanish galleons, Japanese invaders, killer volcanoes, and a host of colorful characters and incidents that make the city a must-visit destination in Asia. The influence of the Catholic Church and of Islam, the Spanish and American occupations, the Philippine independence movement, Imelda’s shoes and General MacArthur’s vow to return ... the list of amazing facts and treasures goes on and on. In the classic Tales format, this book tells the story of one of the world’s great cities through words and images of the times.

News is My Job

Edna Lee Booker
One of the first women journalists in China, Edna Lee Booker arrived in 1922 and threw herself into the story, snagging a number of exclusive interviews with warlords and also with Sun Yat-sen and Mao Tse-tung. She worked on the Shanghai newspaper, China Press, and was also the Shanghai stringer for the International News Service, InterNews. Her book was a best-seller on publication in 1940 and was hugely influential in strengthening American support for the Chinese government of Chiang Kai-Shek. This edition also has an introduction by her daughter, Patty Luce Chapman.

Shanghai Lawyer

Norwood F. Allman (Annnotated and illustrated by Douglas Clark)
Diplomat, lawyer, judge, soldier, spy, spymaster – just some of the positions American Norwood Allman, held in his 30 plus years in China. Shanghai Lawyer is Allman’s first-hand account of his amazing life, from his arrival as a student interpreter during WWI, to serving as a Chinese and Mexican judge, practising before the U.S. Court for China, commanding the American militia in Shanghai, and, finally fighting the Japanese army in the battle for Hong Kong in 1941. Douglas Clark, author of Gunboat Justice, has trawled through public, private and personal archives to bring the story Allman tells in his acclaimed bestseller fully back to life.

Ruth's Record

Ruth Hill Barr
The Diary of an American in Japanese-Occupied Shanghai 1941-1945. The year 1941 was a turning point for the world, but long-time Shanghai resident Ruth Hill Barr had no way of knowing that when she started her five-year diary on January 1st. Before the year was over, the Japanese Army had occupied Shanghai's International Settlement, and she and her family were stranded as enemy aliens, soon to be placed in a Japanese internment camp. This book includes the full text of Ruth’s diary along with explanations and memories by her daughter Betty, revealing with fascinating detail the anguish and, incredibly, the continuity of life inside and outside the Shanghai camps during the war.

Intruder in Mao's Realm

Richard Kirkby
In 1974, out of the blue, Richard Kirkby got the opportunity to go to one of the most isolated places on the planet, Communist China. Then for more than three years, he watched from the inside as China dealt with the disastrous consequences of the Culture Revolution, the death of Chairman Mao, and the beginnings of the new world that followed. His story provides unique insight into the Cultural Revolution and the role of foreigners in Mao's China.