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Are you considering hosting a exchange student from China?

DisclaimerThe following are emails received at fwcc.org asking me to post their information.  Families with Children from China does not, in any way, endorse this, or any other, organization offering foreign exchange student services.




Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Shirley Sullivan and I am the Regional Director with CIEE, Council on International Educational Exchange in South Carolina and Georgia.  CIEE has been the leader in International Exchange since 1947.  We are a membership-based, non-profit organization, driven to fulfill our mission:  to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.  Our members include 300 of the largest and most recognized colleges and universities in the U.S.  Everything we do advances that cause in one way or another.  
This is a great way to globalize your family and home without ever leaving the country!  We need great host families for some really great students coming to study in the US this fall….
So, open your hearts and home to an international exchange student! CIEE is accepting Host Family and Local Coordinator applications now for Fall 2011 exchange students. This is a terrific opportunity to gain new insights and renewed appreciation for different cultures, as well as an unforgettable adventure for you, your family and your exchange student. Discover the difference you could make by becoming a host family.

See what it's all about with the Forster Family  http://youtu.be/2XcGBhnR2xM.

To learn more about our programs and/or complete our online host family application or Local Coordinator application  please visit: www.ciee.org/highschool  I hope you will consider these wonderful opportunities!  

Also, please consider sharing this email with friends, family, co-workers… we have a wonderful referral program where CIEE will pay you $50 if someone you know hosts with us and $100 if someone you know decides to become a local coordinator.  This is our way of saying Thanks!!

We are seeking several host families within your school districts that would be willing to host one of these students below:  we also have many more to choose from!

STB11073-Girl Julia is a 15-year-old girl from Brazil. "I'm a very active person....I love to travel! I love to know new places." She enjoys spending her free time with friends and going to the movies and the mall.  She wants to be a model someday and work in the fashion industry. In the U.S., she hopes to become more mature and responsible. She has two older sisters and one older brother. GPA: 3.6 SLEP Score: 50 Program Length: 10 Months Allergies: No Arrival Date: August 2011

FUT11052 – Girl Jiamin is an 18 year old girl from China. She enjoys badminton, writing in her diary, skateboarding, yoga, running, playing the organ, watching movies and reading books.  Harry Potter is her favorite book and movie series. She is looking forward to badminton and student government while in the US. She loves animals. She is an only child. "I'm not only lovely, but confident, outgoing, and humourous as well." GPA: 3.8 SLEP Score: 50 Program Length: 10 months Allergies: No Date: August 2011

FUT11051 – Girl Subing is a 17 year old girl from China. She enjoys basketball, badminton, practicing Chinese calligraphy, listening to music, singing, languages, and reading. She loves animals and is a member of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. She is an English announcer on her schools' radio station. She looks forward to basketball, badminton, and also the drama club while in the US. She has two older sisters and a younger brother. "I have been terribly interested in American culture and its hospitable people." GPA: 4.0 SLEP Score: 51 Program Length: 10 months Allergies: No Date: August 2011

FUT11038-Girl Yumeng is a 17 year old boy from China, He plays basketball in China and would like to play here as well. He also likes to play table tennis, roller skate, play the guitar and read. "I am a cheerful, gentle boy." He has two older sisters. GPA 4.00 SLEP 45 Program Length: 10 Months Allergies: None Arrival Date: August 2011

TRA11180-Girl Lisa is a 16-year-old girl from Germany. "I'm very curious and very pleased about getting to know the American culture and the habits." She enjoys playing volleyball, skiing, swimming, dancing, cycling, and inline skating. She owns a dog, a hamster, and a rabbit. She has 3 siblings. She looks forward to playing volleyball, cheerleading, yearbook club, drama club, and dance club while in the US. GPA: 3.9 SLEP Score: 58 Program Length: 10 months Allergies: No Arrival Date: August 2011

HAN11035 – Girl Jaeshim is a 15 year old girl from South Korea. She enjoys photography, drawing, painting, ice skating. She plays the bass guitar. Jaeshim is interested in art or skating while in the US. She is an only child. GPA: 2.6 SLEP Score: 49 Program Length: 10 months Allergies: No Date: August 2011

FSL11059-Boy Jaime is a 15-year-old boy from Spain. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball and would like to continue playing them while in the U.S. He also enjoys skiing, kayaking, playing tennis, sailing, and spending time with his family. He has two younger sisters, and can live with all kinds of animals. GPA: 3.3 SLEP Score: 51 Program Length: 10 months Allergies: None Arrival Date: August 2011

With Thanks,

Shirley Sullivan
Regional Director
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
Tel: 1-877-220-3103
Fax: 1-813-405-4908
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Web: www.ciee.org


Hi there:

I was writing to inquire if anyone from your FCC Chapter would consider hosting a Chinese exchange student for the 2010-2011 school year. Our organization, Forte International Exchange Association (FIEA) is a non-profit, that is designated by the State Department to be engaged in student exchange programs.

FIEA students come to study abroad in the U.S. for either one semester (5 months) or for one academic year (10 months). Host families are expected to provide a loving and caring environment, while providing support, guidance and love to the student. Families who have finished hosting always rave about what a rewarding experience it has been for everyone in the family. From the lasting bonds that have formed to experiencing another country’s culture in your own home, most families always gain cultural awareness from their exchange student.

In the past, families with adopted children from China, have hosted FIEA exchange students. By hosting a Chinese student, you are able to immerse your child with the culture and language of their native country. Exchange students are always eager to share their culture and customs with their host families.

If you know of a family who would be interested in hosting, please forward them this e-mail. Hosting a Chinese student would be a great experience for families to get to know first hand, the culture of China.

For more information and to view our students’ profiles, please feel free to visit our website: www.forteexchange.org

Best Regards,

Stan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



My name is Angela Manetta. I am a Regional Director for CIEE, Council on International Educational Exchange. CIEE began its work in 1947 out of a desire to promote cultural education across its borders. We come highly recommend by the U.S. State Department and are authorized to help administer many scholarship programs each year for high school students. I am seeking volunteer host families for high school foreign exchange students and was hoping you could help me by spreading the word about our mission. We have open slots in the local high school, but economically speaking, times are tough and finding host families has been difficult. We accept all kinds of families – families with or without children, empty nesters, single parents or single individuals. The main requirements are love and an open heart!

These students are due to arrive in August to attend the local high school. We have several Asian students coming from all over the world who would love to be placed in a family with similar interests to their own. Our organization is trying to best accommodate our students, so perhaps you can help us. Hosting an exchange student proves to be a great promoter of diversity and diplomacy for the local communities, which is one of our first and foremost goals.

Our students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and pay for all of their own expenses, with the exception of food and utilities. I would very much appreciate it if you would share
this e-mail with your members.


CIEE students stay either 5 months or 10 months depending on what they have chosen to do. They have their own spending money for toiletries, school supplies, clothes, school lunches, and entertainment, etc. They also have their own medical insurance that is provided by CIEE. There are many students waiting for the phone call to find out whom they will live with and where it will be. Please consider this opportunity to learn about a foreign country and culture as well as help fulfill a lifelong dream of one of these students. The kids are amazing and are so excited to experience life as a teenager in America. Until a family has had the experience, they cannot imagine how rewarding it is to bring the world into your own home and to see the bond being created between a host family and a teenager from another part of the world. Having these students in our homes help everyone gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and learn skills needed to live in our culturally diverse world. I have become passionate about this work we do and wish to pass this on all. To find out more information and also see our website visit www.ciee.org/hs/host/ and fill out your family’s application today! You may contact me directly by phone at 888.371.1914 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thank you so much for considering,

Angela Manetta

Regional Director, USA High School

CIEE Council on International Educational Exchange

4503 Dove Park Blvd

Louisville, KY 40299 USA

Toll +1.888.371.1914

Fax + 1.207.553.9406

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.ciee.org/highschool

Out Of The Mouths Of Dragons . . .

The following article is reprinted from the December 1995 issue of China Connection, the newsletter for FCC New England. Please notify editor Julie Michaels (617) 929-2809) for permission to reprint.


Do you know why the dragon has a pearl in its mouth? My 3-year-old daughter does. . .and so does her preschool class at the largely white, middle-class suburban daycare center she attends in Dedham.

As last year's Chinese New Year loomed so did my sense of my daughter's being ``alone'' in her identity _ the only Asian in the school. So I timidly asked if I could help shape the curriculum around Chinese New Year. What I expected to be a courtesy one-day event turned into an uproarious, messy, wonderful week, drawing teachers, preschoolers, even the toddlers into its magic. It worked so well, I thought readers might appreciate a primer on how to introduce a similar celebration into their child's school.

Chinese New Year usually comes toward the end of January (a time of doldrums when everyone is ready for something new). This year, however, it starts on the evening of February 18th. Even with older sibs enjoying school vacation, these are difficult days for toddlers and preschoolers because the weather is still too cold for outdoor play. But grey days offer a perfect backdrop for the brilliant red ``Gung-Hey-Fat-Choy'' banners you'll be bringing.

First, talk to the teachers about scheduling a celebration (and be sure to remind them that you'll provide them with all the resources they'll need). Tell them you'll bring in decorations, materials for art projects, books, tapes, and music. And if your center has a kitchen, you might schedule a special lunch in the middle of the week.

Then create a resource box or two. What I did was run around the house putting everything unbreakable and Chinese into a box. This ended up being about 13 trade books and a couple of videotapes appropriate for circle time. They included a key Knopf book on Ancient China (Eyewitness Books Series, Arthur Cotterell), which provided quick-reference pictures and captions for the teachers, grounding them in the basics on dragons, the Chinese New Year zodiac, etc. The trade books included one notable for art projects (At the Beach by Huy Voun Lee, Henry Holt and Company) which demonstrates the relationship between certain Chinese characters and real life and makes a drawing project fun and easy.

I also brought plenty of decorations: two huge ``banners'' of embroidered silk fabric that I had bought in Wuhan (these were hung on the walls), a Beijing butterfly kite, some chops and an ordinary red ink pad for trying them out, and lots of paper goods from Chinatown _ like the Fat Choy banners, the paper dragons with a pearl in their mouth, lucky money envelopes into which we put play money, etc.

I also invested in child size chopsticks and little Chinese plastic bowls for the lunch I made, frozen pork dumplings, and a carton of fortune cookies which we shared with the school. These were probably the biggest hit of all, especially with the toddlers who had the teachers ``read'' their fortune, which somehow always included their name!

I also invested in one of those embroidered silk outfits for my daughter because, well, if you're going to give a party, you oughta dress the part.

Finally, to set the mood, you might try some 1,000-year-old music. I'd recommend bringing in at least one CD of ancient Chinese music which you can get from Central China Book Company, Inc. & Art Gallery, 130 Lincoln Street (some of these are hauntingly beautiful but ask to listen because these run $20 or so).

This said, what's important is not what you bring so much as bringing a variety of materials _ and much of what I brought could have come from the library.

A week before New Year, schedule a 20-minute meeting with all the teachers to review the boxes. They'll immediately sort by what is age-appropriate and begin to plan projects around them. The rest was up to them, and in my case it went swimmingly well. The older kids drew the character for good (mother and child), made a simple version of fried rice, watched Big Bird in China, heard lots of interesting stories, and spent the week creating a ``dragon'' for their big parade.

The only other thing I did was make a lunch for my child's class, giving them small chop sticks and plastic bowls as favors. We used apple juice for ``pretend'' tea. Be ready to find out that your kid is the only one to have tasted soy vinegar and the only one fighting you for the dumplings. (I'd recommend longevity noodles and butter and, of course, clemantines or oranges. Also bring forks so they can actually get some of the food into their mouths). Preschool II kids can have fun learning the Chinese way of eating; Preschool I kids have their own.

And don't be dismayed if you hear little Billy call for his Lion King lunch box _ for some kids, a peanut butter sandwich is too much to give up. Also, I recommend getting the right pronunciation for a phrase or two on tape and bringing it in to the teachers. I was struck by how hungry they were for the input, and how important it was for them to add Chinese words to the event.

This little effort had far-reaching effects _ reverberating in ways I never anticipated. My daughter's group became so fascinated with dragons that they continued with a month's curriculum on them reading books on dragons, making them out of egg cartons and paper-mache and old clock parts, creating a story about them. And my daughter _ rather than being the only Asian in the school became, well, the ONLY REAL ASIAN in the school! an important, Queen-of-the-May distinction. She loved seeing ``her things'' used by her teachers and classmates, an experience which actually made them seem more important. And when it was over, she asked we could teach the kids how to sing Happy Birthday in Chinese.

What I did sounds more coherent in the retelling than it was in the doing. But it was very worth doing. I came to learn what the Chinese know already, that there's ``wisdom'' in the mouth of dragons _ if you only look.

Fat Choy!


A very short list of favorite books:


The Mouse Bride, a Chinese Folktale, retold by Monica Chang, illustrated by Lesley Liu (Northland Publishing, a Justin Company); The Moon Lady, Amy Tan, illustrated by Gretchen Schields (Macmillan Publishing, NY); Grandfather Tang's Story: A Tale Told with Tangram, by Ann Tompert, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker, (Julie MacRae Books, London); Roses Sing on New Snow, A Delicious Tale, by Paul Yee, illustrated by Harvey Chan (Macmillan Publishing, NY); Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, by Jennifer Armstrong, illustrated by Mary Grandpre (Crown Publishers, Inc., NY).


Year of the Rat


1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Rat people are very popular. They have magnetic personalities that draw people to them. They like to invent things and are good artists.


Where to find Chinese New Year materials -


Trawling for items to Boston's Chinatown is easy and fun. The places included here are obvious choices, but good to know about if you have limited time:

Paper goods, children's chopsticks, embroidered outfits _Oriental Gift Design on the corner of Harrison and Beach Streets. It's dusty, musty, and overpriced but, you know, there.

Food (including frozen pork dumplings and fortune cookies by the carton), fat choy banners, plastic bowls _ Mei Tung Oriental Food Super Market on Lincoln Street. If you spend over $25, ask for a calendar, sweetly and insistently. They'll say ``no'' at first but then produce one from the back room. Go early before stocks deplete. United Foods is also nearby. The Hing Shing Pastry Shop on Hudson and Beach Streets was great for simple pastry items and smaller bags of fortune cookies.

Music tapes and CDs, including ancient music - Central China Book Company, Inc. & Art Gallery, 130 Lincoln Street (also has interesting collection of tea pots for adult gift-giving).

Summer Camps

This page will list summer camps of interest to FCC families. To have your camp listed here email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details.

Champion (Jian-Ping) Youth Enrichment School offers 2003 Summer Camp and regular school year program. We are located at 2094 Grant Rd. Mt. View 94040 California. Service area: Mt. View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and Cupertino schools. Contact Jane Yang (650)941-9885/(408)838-3333 (c). Daily: Chinese, Chinese Conversation, Math/English, & Park activities. Weekly: Piano, Violin, Painting, Science, Tennis, Soccer, Children Choir, Karate, Chess and Creative Writing. We pick up your kids. To request registration information, send your address via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If requesting it over the phone, please leave your name and address on telephone answering machine.

Peony Performing Arts Chinese Dance & Kunqu Opera Now Offering Chinese Dance Classes For Beginners To Advanced Dancers Adult Classes And Children's Classes (7-14 Years Of Age) Enrolling Now - Space Is Limited Series: New Series Begins Every 6 Weeks - Each Class Is 1 Hour Location: 4000 Balboa Street (@ 41st Ave.) San Francisco, Ca 94121 Course Fee: $75 For Six-Class Series (Six Weeks Of One Hour Classes) $15 For Drop-In Class (Upon Availability) Registration: Please Contact Xiaomu Hou At (650) 359-7223 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit Our Web Site at www.houarts.org Master Teacher Xiaomu Hou was one of thirteen young dancers selected to attend Beijing Dance Academy - the premiere dance institution in China. After graduating with Top Honors from the academy, she became the Principal Dancer with the China Oriental Song & Dance Ensemble, the most prestigious dance performance group in China. Since 1991, her professional experience as a performing dancer span the breadth of the traditional Chinese Classical and Folk dance repertoire, and her teaching experience range from children and beginning adults to professional dancers in ensemble and solo, in dance academies, schools, television and film. Ms. Hou has performed, taught and choreographed extensively in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Macao, Japan and the United States. In 2002, she and her sister Sabrina Shuang Hou, an award-winning Kunqu Opera singer has began Peony Performing Arts to promote Chinese artistry to a global audience.

Asian culture camp for families this June 26-29 at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas near Ukiah, California. Theme: A GLIMPSE OF ASIA - Focus on China and Vietnam, with cultural activities from several other Asian countries also included Date and Time: 9:30 am on Thursday, June 26 - Sunday afternoon, June 29 (partial attendance is also possible). For further information: Contact Judy Elliott at (707) 477-0329.

Camp FCC Medford NJ June 13, 14, 15 2003. Sponsored by Southern NJ FCC. Great program, contact Leslie Karpiak 856-354-3211 after 7:00pm or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Pati Boguski 856-596-3184 after 7:00 pm or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To request a brochure and registration form, send your address via email to Leslie Karpiak. If requesting a brochure over the phone, please leave your address information on telephone answering machine.

FCC families are invited to attend a week-long language and culture day camp in Hangzhou. A group of families are traveling from San Francisco to Beijing and other cities for a week of sightseeing, then will spend 5 days in Hangzhou attending a camp for children ages 5-11. The trip ends with sightseeing in Shanghai. We will leave SF on July 22 and return to SF on August. 5. Cost is $850 adults, $760 for children, plus airfare, and includes camp, 4 star hotels, meals, transportation in China. Please contact Ann Fang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

CREATE & CULTIVATE FARM CAMP: gives children an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, farm animals, nature, environmental preservation, and the arts as it relates to different Asian countries (China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia). Please see http://www.hmcf.org (Create & Cultivate Farm Camp section)

THE HARVEST CAMP - this is a Christian camp that focuses on how children can take care of one another – whether it is themselves, their friends, neighbors, the community, children in other parts of the world, or the earth. Together, children who are part of The Harvest Camp make the world a better place through their actions. Their time at camp ensures that others – from children to seniors – are cared for and loved. An important part of this camp is the community service component. Children will be creating art kits and assembling bags of warm clothing for Harvest Moon's Executive Director to take to a Chinese orphanage in October 2003 when she adopts her second daughter from China. In addition, the children are raising money to sponsor a nanny (or nannies - depending on how much money is raised) who will rock children in a Chinese orphanage. The funds will be donated to Half the Sky Foundation who will assign a nanny to Harvest Moon's campers. Please see http://www.hmcf.org (The Harvest Camp section)

Camp China - July 4-7, 2003 in Black Mountain, NC Website: http://www.mycampchina.com

The Dragon Boat Festival

The following article is reprinted from Volume 1, number 2 of the newsletter of Families with Children from China of the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to the Chinese traditional calendar, Duanwu jíe—known in English as the Dragon Boat Festival—takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This year it falls on June 20.

Chinese festivals are usually associated with special foods as well as fun (“heat and noise”). On this festival Chinese people prepare and eat zongzi, and the excitement is provided by dragon boat racing—hence the English name for the holiday. To understand the Dragon Boat Festival, and most things Chinese, you have to know a little history. Ancient history.

Legend has it that the festival commemorates the life and especially the death of Qu Yuan (c. 340-278 B.C.), the first great poet in Chinese history. He lived during the Warring States period (a time when China was divided into several warring kingdoms) and was a high-ranking official in the state of Chu. At that time his homeland was under siege by another powerful state called Qin. The king of Chu did not recognize Qu Yuan’s correct stand or appreciate his suggestions for saving their country. What is more, treacherous officials slandered him, and at last he was sent into exile. On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, when he heard news that the capital of Chu had fallen into enemy hands, he threw himself into the Miluo River (in present-day Hunan province) and drowned.

What is the connection between Qu Yuan and dragon boats? (I’ll get to zongzi later.) Qu Yuan, a great patriot, was loved by the people. When villagers heard he had thrown himself into the river, they rushed in their boats to try to save him, but they were too late. Dragon boat races commemorate their rescue attempt.

If you happen to visit southern China around the time of this festival and are in a town with a river, you will surely have the chance to see some magnificent racing. Along the riverbanks on houses projecting over the water hundreds of people, both locals and tourists, wait for the races to begin. The boats themselves are long and narrow, with a colorful dragon’s head high up on the bow. Each one holds at least fourteen people, all dressed in gorgeous ancient costumes. The man standing at the front of the boat with a small flag in his hand is the captain; the one standing at the back is the drummer, who beats a big drum to mark the rhythm for the oarsmen to follow. With the bang of the starting gun the dragon boats rush forward like flying arrows, amid the loud banging of drums and shouts from the onlookers. It’s an unforgettable scene.

But what do zongzi have to do with all this? Legend has it that when Qu Yuan drowned, his body was never found. People felt very sad and worried that his body would be eaten by the creatures in the river. So they threw packets of rice into the river to feed the hungry animals and asked them to eat the rice instead of Qu Yuan’s body. Those packets were zongzi. Another legend says that the people offered zongzi as sacrifices to the soul of Qu Yuan. To prevent the food from being eaten by animals, they wound it with brightly colored thread, which they believed would scare away dragons and other aquatic beasts. Nowadays you can see at the festival markets beautiful model zongzi made of paper and covered with colorful silk thread.

Today people all over the country eat zongzi on the Dragon Boat Festival. Here’s how you make them: First get some bamboo leaves—a special kind about two palms long and about three to four fingers wide. Soak them in water, and clean them with soft brushes. They will serve as the wrappers for the zongzi.

In the meantime, soak glutinous rice in cold water for several hours. When the rice becomes fat, it’s time to make zongzi. Take two or three bamboo leaves, overlapping the edges to form a funnel. Put glutinous rice inside, wrap it up in the shape of a pyramid, and tie it with a string. [Ed. note: Easier said than done! Mere mortals will need an experienced person to demonstrate.] Boil them in a deep pot for hours, until the rice is cooked. This kind is called “plain” (bai) zongzi, which you eat with sugar or honey. The Beijing style has rehydrated dried dates inside. In southern China people like to put bean paste or pork soaked in soy sauce in the middle of the rice. [Ed. note: The southern style is easy to find ready-made in Chinese supermarkets in San Francisco.]

Another custom of the festival is to wear xiangbao, “fragrance pouches” made of colorful cotton or silk embroidered with small animals, plants, or flowers. The inside contains a kind of perfume to ward off poisonous creatures such as scorpions. But nowadays many people, especially children, like them just as beautiful festival decorations.

Several other customs are associated with the Dragon Boat Festival, and perhaps I’ll write about them next year. I hope you will bring your families to China some day to celebrate the festival with us.

Zhao Bo lives in Xi’an, Sha’anxi province, where she works in the Foreign Languages Department of the Xi’an Institute of Architecture and Technology. For permission to reprint this article, please contact Amy Klatzkin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Acknowledgments: The author is grateful to her parents for kindness and criticism during the writing of this article. Special thanks also to the families of the author’s aunts: Third Aunt on Zhao Bo’s mother’s side, and Younger Aunt on her father’s side. Thanks especially to the author’s best friends, Amy and Terry, for giving her the opportunity to introduce the traditional festivals of China to all her American friends with children from China!

Families with Children from China Bibliography

Families with Children from China Bibliography

This is the first draft of a bibliography about China including: adult biography/autobiography, adult fiction, reference, children's fiction and children's non-fiction.

Many people have contributed to this collection of books about China including these America On-Line subscribers: Asiangels,Drlks, Ekeamouse, HarrahFS, HWEhwe, Jin Miao, NAZARN and SJCBDC. The organization of this project was coordinated by Barbara DeMuth Clark.  If you have comments or suggestions for additional books to be added to this bibliography, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




  • House of Exile, Nora Waln.
    Life in an aristocratic Chinese family as viewed by an American.


  • Red Azalea, Anchee Min.
    A young girl grows up in communist China under Mao's regime.


  • Wild Swans, Jung Chang.
    An enthralling tale of three women in China that gives insights into Chinese politics and history.




  • The Hundred Secret, Senses Amy Tan
    An American woman and her Chinese-American sister build a relationship with each other.


  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
    Four Chinese women who have immigrated to America tell the stories of their lives growing up in China and their relationships with their daughters.


  • Katherine, Anchee Min
    An American teacher comes to China and becomes involved with her Chinese students.


  • The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan
    A Chinese woman lives through the war with Japan in an unhappy marriage.


  • A Mother's Ordeal, Steven Mosher
    Although the book has received questions as to whether or not it accurately portrays Chinese adoption in general, the book gives an insight into the Chinese one-child policy.



  • Ancient China, Arthur Cotterell
    Gorgeous illustrations/photos.


  • The Children of China, Matti A. Pitkanen


  • China: Cultures of the World, Peggy Ferroa
    Juvenile book.A terrific overview of Chinese history, culture, arts, religions, etc. Maps and photos


  • China, Insight Guides, edited by Manfred Morgenstern
    The first half of this tour guide offers a general overview of Chinese culture and history which is written so that even the person who is bored by history and sociology will find it interesting.


  • China, Its History and Culture, W. Scott Morton
    A general guide to Chinese history and culture.


  • The Chinese Americans, William Daley
    Reference book about Chinese culture, history and life in America


  • Culture Shock! China, Kevin Sinclair with Iris Wong Po-yee
    A current guide on how to get around and what to expect in modern China.


  • The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention Robert Temple, intro. Joseph Needham.
    Packed with fascinating information about China


  • The Heart of Chinese Poetry, edited by Greg Whincup
    A natural insight into a people is through that people's poetry.


  • Iron and Silk, Mark Salzman


  • The Soong Dynasty, by Sterling Seagrave
    A historical perspective of Dr. Soong, who revolutionized Chinese politics.


  • Step Into China, Neil Johnson
    Pictures and descriptions of everyday life in China (for adults and children)


  • Thunder Out of China, Theodore White & Annalee Jacoby
    The history of China in WWII.



Children's Literature


  • Bird Neighbor, Wang Yanrong


  • The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes, Laurence Yep


  • Chinese Eyes, Marjorie Ann Waybill


  • Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes, Robert Wyndam


  • The Chinese Siamese Cat, Amy Tan


  • A Chinese Zoo, Demi


  • The Cricket Warrior, M and R Chang


  • Dragon Kite of the Autumn Moon, Valerie Reddix


  • Dragon Kites and Dragonflies, Demi


  • Dragon Parade, Steven A Chin


  • El Chino, Allen Say


  • The Emperor and the Kite, Jane Yolen


  • The Emperors Garden, Ferida Wolff


  • The Empty Pot, Demi


  • Eyes of the Dragon, Margaret Leaf


  • The Fourth Question, Cheryl Hamada


  • A Grain of Rice, Helena Clare Pittman


  • Grandfather Tang's Story, Tompert and Parker


  • I Hate English, Ellen Levine


  • The Junior Thunder Lord, Lawrence Yep


  • The Legend of the Milky Way, Jeanne M Lee


  • A Letter to the King, Leong Va


  • Little Plum, Ed Young


  • Lon Po Po, Ed Young


  • The Magic Boat, Demi


  • The Magic Tapestry, A Chinese Folk tale Demi


  • Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, Arnold Lobel


  • The Moon Lady, Gretchen Schields


  • The Rooster's Horns, Ed Young


  • The Seven Chinese Brothers, Margaret Mahn


  • The Seventh Sister, Retold by Cindy Chang


  • The Story About Ping, Marjorie Flack


  • The Tangram MagicianErnest and Ernst


  • Tikki Tikki Tembo, Arlene Mosel


  • Tye May and the Magic Brush MollyGarrett Bang


  • YehShen, Ai-ling Louie



Nonfiction Children's Literature


  • Animal World: the Panda, Watermill


  • Big Bird in China, Jan Stone


  • A Book about Pandas, R B Gross


  • China, David Gibbon


  • China, the Culture, Bobbie Kalman


  • China, the Land, Bobbie Kalman


  • China, the People, Bobbie Kalman


  • Chinese for Children, Sinolingua


  • Chinese New Year, Tricia Brown


  • Count Your Way Through China, Jim Haskins


  • A Family in China, Fryson and Greenhill


  • Gung Hay Fat Choy, June Behrens


  • Inside China, Ian James


  • The Land and People of China, John S Major


  • Lion Dance,r Waters and Slovenz-Low


  • Long is a Dragon (Chinese Writing for Children), Peggy Goldstein

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