This year my study series has been the Discovery of Asia, with a stated goal of reading two books in Asian (primarily Indian and Chinese) history per month. Other challenges and themes have cut into that, aided and abetted by some general sloth, and I’m five books shy of making my goal. But I have a month left, and I’m going to see if I can’t make it! I have two books in the post (Factory Girls and Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, both ‘life in modern China’-esque books), two on my Kindle, Nehru’s Discovery of India, and my local library’s holdings, so I’m fixed for content. Speaking of, here’s another micro-review, this time from a book I was reading during my St. Augustine trip and…er, left in the weekend bag when I threw it in the closet.
(I am officially curious about that statue/statues…)
Dragon Rising uses each geographical region of China to review an aspect of the country; Shanghai stars in a chapter on China’s infrastructure projects, and other areas cover agriculture, manufacture and shipping, the environment, and so on. The final chapter is particularly interesting as it addresses China’s influence on other countries in Southeast Asia and abroad, as in Latin America. The photography is beautiful.