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The following are some interesting and first-rate books on present-day China, Chinese culture, and literature. For language-related books, please see the annotated Further Reading List in HyperChina.

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. Random House, 1994.

China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture. Jianying Zha. The New Press, 1995.

An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911. Translated and edited by Stephen Owen. Norton, 1996.

Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China. Translated and edited by Howard Goldblatt. Grove, 1994.

Contemporary Chinese Literature : An Anthology of Post-Mao Fiction and Poetry. Edited by Michael S. Duke. 1985.