At the Teahouse Cafe Essays from the Middle Kingdom It s at Revolutionary University Chinese students spend all their waking hours in political meetings when they re not hauling feces from the latrines to the manure fields Jump to Chinese end

  • Title: At the Teahouse Cafe: Essays from the Middle Kingdom
  • Author: Isham Cook
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  • Page: 263
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It s 1949 at Revolutionary University Chinese students spend all their waking hours in political meetings when they re not hauling feces from the latrines to the manure fields Jump to 2015 Chinese endure endless meetings at the hands of bosses and are required to keep their cellphones on around the clock and pick up at once or be fined They live in a technological utopIt s 1949 at Revolutionary University Chinese students spend all their waking hours in political meetings when they re not hauling feces from the latrines to the manure fields Jump to 2015 Chinese endure endless meetings at the hands of bosses and are required to keep their cellphones on around the clock and pick up at once or be fined They live in a technological utopia while enslaved by the same structures of psychological control of over half a century earlier Underlying the myth of a New China are the contemporary Middle Kingdom s numerous continuities with its past In this wide ranging collection of essays, Cook reaffirms the old adage that the things change, the they stay the same.

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    About "Isham Cook"

    1. Isham Cook

      American novelist and essayist based in China since 1994 Writing philosophy downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous My new release AMERICAN ROCOCO ESSAYS ON THE EDGE now available on NetGalley through the end of June.

    550 thoughts on “At the Teahouse Cafe: Essays from the Middle Kingdom”

    1. A great view of what China is like. I really appreciated the fact that the book didn't center on an specific subject but talked a little about a wide range of topics instead. The author managed to capture the soul of a country through his words, creating a wonderful book that made me feel like if i were on China.Another thing I really appreciated was the way it handles culture. It is simple and honest, there's no better culture just different and the book states that through each one of its page [...]


    2. I was a big fan of Isham Cook’s The Exact Unknown – his collection of fictional short stories detailing life in modern China. In my review I called it “a voice outside the stereotypes” and one of the rare works on China written with “such truth, wit and honesty”. As mentioned previously, Isham is one of the rare authors out there today who doesn’t shy away from writing about sex and other controversial matters as they exist in today’s China. When I published my own book Party Mem [...]


    3. At the Teahouse Cafe is a collection of 15 essays by Isham Cook recounting his experiences in China.I was very excited to read this book since I know almost nothing about China and its culture and I am not disappointed. The author talks about various issues ranging from education to health to customer service in China. I was a little skeptical of essays being of purely academic nature which get a little boring sometimes but the author did not disappoint there too. He draws extensively from his o [...]


    4. Far-ranging look at life in China. Topics include history as it is taught in the schools vs. what Western historians have written. Music as wallpaper to the day. Proposed reclamation of ancient moats and waterways to both ease traffic and relieve flooding. Height as a measure of breeding. I am of two minds about the opening essay. It goes on about how much better China is without contamination from Western news, social media, culture, etc. Is this the longing for China as it was (which I underst [...]


    5. The author seems very knowledgeable about Chinese culture, from more obvious differences to the more subtle intricacies of daily interactions. I found that very interesting. However, some of the stories seemed to wander and left me wondering where they were headed and why.This is a very detailed account of specifics within Chinese culture. This would be a good supplement to a college course or someone traveling to China. While I appreciate the author's depth of knowledge, this was not a high int [...]



    6. Isham Cook has made a name for himself as one of China’s most irreverent expat essayists. Based in Beijing, Cook’s 2012 experimental writing debut Lust & Philosophy didn’t go down as smoothly as his 2014 follow-ups The Exact Unknown and Massage and the Writer. The later, which traces his prurient exploits throughout East Asia, ensured that Cook would be blacklisted by mass-market book reviewers but secured him a cult following of libertines.Cook’s latest offering, At the Teahouse Caf [...]


    7. The junction between the old and the new technology is a topic of considerable importance nowadays. We always try to evolve the means at our disposal, convinced that it is good for our lives. But you never thought to take a step back? For young people is definitely not a common question, but what if this "utopia" that controls our minds vanish? Would remain the pleasure of seeing reality without obstacles.China is the most developed country in technology, and if it was taken from it the professi [...]


    8. Thanks for taking me to this charming & hilarity trip to China! First, English is not my mother tongue and nevertheless the whole content was crystal clear to me, there were no problems to follow. Isham Cook has such a great way to get you into each "adventure" he made himself that it feels I'd be there instead. I love the "restaurant stories" - so funny and charming on its on way. Hilarious! Second, these essays opened my mind and my view on China to another level I really started thinking [...]


    9. Full of charm, hilarity, & things you never knewA very interesting book! I was afraid I wouldn't like it, because (full disclosure) I got it for free in return for a honest review. But, to my happy surprise, I enjoyed it very much.Well-written prose, cynical but humorous observations. Short but thorough, eminently digestible essays. I learned a great deal, about topics I had never even heard of before. Who knew the canal systems in China's major cities could be so interesting? (Apparently no [...]


    10. I wanted to learn more about China and I thought that this book would do so in an interesting way. The write up enticed, referencing 1949 China and relating it to China 2015. So I had great expectations, some of which were met. The book is a series of essays, written over a period of time and into which the author unashamedly inserts himself, at times evincing a condescending manner.I did get some insight into how things operate, how they are, at least from the perspective of an American expat w [...]


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