May 27, 2014 — In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.
Mar 3, 2013 — No one's perfect, especially in literature. Author Julie Wu's favorite protagonists are of sound mind and questionable morals. Do you have a favorite character who lacks, well, character? Tell us in the comments.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Free Life by Ha Jin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Disappearing Moon Cafe by Sky Lee. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Oct 5, 2010 — It's a seductive week in paperback, with love stories from Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize-winner Phillip Roth, and an intimate glimpse into Louis Armstrong's life from Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout.
Feb 11, 2010 — This year, Valentine's Day shares the 14th with Chinese New Year. Cupid had better flap his wings because it's the Year of the Tiger, and tigers don't eat chocolate. To commemorate this rare alignment, here are three books about love in Chinese families.
Nov 24, 2009 — This week, Michael Crichton's last book, ever, sails the seas of pirate adventure. In story collections: Alice Munro's strong and subtly mysterious women; Ha Jin's immigrants caught between two worlds. And a space-program history finds surprising drama in the unmanned voyages.
Nov 4, 2007 — In his first novel set in America, critically acclaimed author Ha Jin explores the meaning of the American dream in A Free Life. In the aftermath of Tiananmen Square, his protagonist dreams of being a poet, but soon finds himself swamped in mortgage payments and obligations in suburban Atlanta.
Nov 16, 2006 — Gail Tsukiyama is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel is Dreaming Water. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and is a freelance book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle.