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What the Chinese Don't Eat
by Xinran | Nonfiction
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 1/15/2009
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by CatharinaL): available


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, January 15, 2009

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From the back:

"In June 2003 Xinran began writing about China in her weekly column in the Guardian. She has covered a vast range of topics from food to sex education, and from the experiences of British mothers who have adopted Chinese daughters, to whether Chinese people do Christmas shopping. Each of her columns inspired letters and questions and more opportunities for Xinran to shed light on the culture of her native land. What the Chinese Don't Eat collects these pieces together for the first time to give one unique Chinese woman's perspective on the connections and differences between the lives of British and Chinese people today." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, August 15, 2011

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I'm going to make this into a ray for the alphabet challenge running on the Finnish forum. Will have to read it myself first, though :)

The usual rules apply:
- journal the book as soon as you get it
- read the book in six weeks or let us know if there's a delay
- journal the book again once you've read it and pass it on to the next participant.

Participants:
Hammu (Kotka)
Anuliini1975 (Ähtäri)
Appelsiini (Valkeakoski)
Liinuskainen (Kontiolahti)
myntti (Tampere)
Kipsu (Tampere) 


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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I've enjoyed Xinran writing in the past (I've read Miss Chopsticks, Sky Burial and The Good Women of China) and this was okay too, although definitely not on par with the others. It lacks the depth and insight of her previous books, probably due to being a collection of newspaper columns.

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Next off to Hammu who's the first in the ray. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 4 by Hammu at Kotka, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland on Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Thank you, Annimanni! 


Journal Entry 5 by Hammu at Kotka, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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A very interesting book. I'll send this tomorrow to Anuliini1975. 


Journal Entry 6 by Hammu at Kotka, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland on Thursday, December 01, 2011

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/1/2011 UTC) at Kotka, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Kirja lähti postitse Anuliini1975:lle. Lukuiloa! 


Journal Entry 7 by Anuliini1975 at Kuortane, Etelä-Pohjanmaa / Södra Österbotten Finland on Monday, December 05, 2011

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Kirjoitan nyt ihan suomeksi, kun en jaksa näin aamusta ajatella enkuksi :) Siis kirja tuli justaan minun käsiini. Hiukan kyllä jänskättää alkaa lukea tätä kirjaa, kokonainen kirja enkuksi, kääks! Haastetta elämään :) Luin jo kirjan takakannen ja kyllä mä jotain siitä ymmärsin. Alan lukea heti tänään tätä, jotta saan pian eteenpäin. Kiitos Hammulle kirjan postittamisesta :) 


Journal Entry 8 by Anuliini1975 at Kuortane, Etelä-Pohjanmaa / Södra Österbotten Finland on Monday, December 12, 2011

8 out of 10

Jeps, kirja on nyt luettu ja postaanpa tämänkin kommentin suomeksi, anteeksi vain maalaisuuteni.
Tämä ol eka yli sata sivuinen enkun kielinen kirja, jonka olen lukenut.
Todellakin yksityiskohtaisesti kirjoitetut puheenvuorot joissakin kolumneissa - kuinka joku voi muistaa toisen sanomiset noin tarkkaan?
Ihan jokaista sanaa en ymmärtänyt, mutta en käyttänyt kertaakaan sanakirjaa, kun tämä on rinkikirja, ni piti nopsaan lukea. Hidastahan lukeminen ol, mutta hyvinkin avartavaa.

Niin, osallistun tällä aakkoshaasteeseen ja lähetän kirjan huomenissa seuraavalle lukijalle. 


Journal Entry 9 by Anuliini1975 at Kuortane, Etelä-Pohjanmaa / Södra Österbotten Finland on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/13/2011 UTC) at Kuortane, Etelä-Pohjanmaa / Södra Österbotten Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Kirja lähtee ilahduttamaan uuteen kotiin ringin seuraavaa lukijaa monilla mielenkiitoisilla pikkutarinoillaan :) 


Journal Entry 10 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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This one arrived today, thanks Anuliini! :)  


Journal Entry 11 by Appelsiini at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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First of all, I'm sorry it took forever to read this book! Thanks for being so patient with me.

Hmm, what to say about this one? First I was quite excited about these columns as I am interested in Chinese culture and how life is in China. I had read about half of the book when I realized the same thing as in one of her columns: "This is too China". Some parts I found interesting and some parts were way too far from my life to really understand, e.gto live a life where you believe one person is a god.

But anyway, this was a good reading, helped a lot to understand Chinese people. I wish I could have read this book when I was an exchange student in Holland and we had about 10 Chinese in the same class room with many, many other nationalities too. Thanks for sharing this book, Annimanni! :) 


Journal Entry 12 by Appelsiini at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (2/22/2012 UTC) at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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Huh, what an ugly packing I managed to make for this book! Anyway, it should cover it for the journey to Liinuskainen. Travel safe! 


Journal Entry 13 by Liinuskainen at Lieksa, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Thursday, March 01, 2012

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Book arrived yesterday, thank you. And thanks for the tea. I just had a cup of Cool mint and it was really good :) 


Journal Entry 14 by Liinuskainen at Lieksa, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Well, it took me also forever to read this book :P Although the columns are short (only 3 or 4 pages) I couldn’t read them in single sitting. Some of the columns were interesting, some not and some just were, like Appelsiini said, “too Chinese”. I have to say I liked more from Xinran’s fictional books.

Book will soon travel to a next reader.
 


Journal Entry 15 by wingmynttiwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, March 23, 2012

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The book is here. Thank you, Liinuskainen! 


Journal Entry 16 by wingmynttiwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, May 03, 2012

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Nopsaan lisään nyt muutaman kommentin ennen miittiin rientämistä. Kirjan lukemisesta on jo aikaa, mutta tässä nyt jotain, mitä mieleen tulee.
Odotin näiltä jutuilta vähän enemmän kuin mitä ne olivatkaan. Kolumneissa kun ei välillä tunnuttu pääsevän oikein mihinkään. Juttu alkoi yhdestä aiheesta, mutta päätyikin sitten aivan muualle - eikä asioilla edes tuntunut olevan mitään erityistä yhdistävää tekijää. Tai sitten en vain tajunnut. No, kulttuurieroista lukeminen oli kuitenkin kiinnostavaa. Oli myös hyvä saada muistutus siitä, että Kiina on muuttunut viime vuosien aikana paljon ja on yhä edelleen muuttumassa.

Kipsu sanoi jo lukeneensa X-kirjan haastetta varten, mutta vien tämän nyt kuitenkin miittiin tyrkylle, jos joku toinen vaikka X-kirjaa kaipailee. (Tai jos Kipsu haluaa kuitenkin lukea tämän.) Jos rinkiläisiä ei miitistä löydy lisää, niin lähetän kirjan sitten takaisin Annimannille.

Edit. Näköjään tämä taitaakin olla säde eikä rinki. No, joka tapauksessa. Kohta nähdään, haluaako joku vielä täällä lukea tämän.

Saatavilla/Available. 


Journal Entry 17 by CatharinaL at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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The book followed me home from tonight's Tampere meetup.  


Journal Entry 18 by CatharinaL at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, June 23, 2012

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I finished reading this book in the car on our way to Midsummer celebrations yesterday. For me it was a quick and absorbing read, and I'd readily recommend it to anyone interested in modern China. The columns were concise, sharp, and constructed in a way that maintained interest at all times. As a collection of newspaper columns, the book retained a lightweight but compassionate tone throughout, even when discussing sombre and cruel topics. I also didn't think any of the columns were 'too Chinese', a characterization I'd seen in many of the book's journal entries; at least I didn't have difficulties in getting the point. I loved the way the text sometimes wandered off a bit, to personal reminiscing mostly, only to tie in the loose ends later in a way that made the topic(s) discussed more memorable--as a remnant of Chinese rhetorics maybe? Overall I had the feeling of being given a rare chance of actually seeing where the modern Chinese come from (or, to be more precise: where this particular female writer comes from)... a chance one greatly and thoroughly appreciates! 


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