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Hsu a first generation Chinese American returns to China to discover the fate of his great great grandfather's long buried porcelain collection and in the process unearths the key to understanding his family's history over the past one hundred years of Chinese history In the tradition of the best works of history that uncover a forgotten family story such as The Hare with Amber Eyes or The Lost The Porcelain Thief recounts journalist Huan Hsu's journey through the old and new worlds of China to find hidden treasure reconnect with his ancestry and come to terms with his hyphenated identity In 1938 when the Japanese arrived in Hsu's great great grandfather's Yangtze River hom I ve read many China memoirs and Chinese history narratives so was excited to see a new take in Huan Hsu s The Porcelain Thief I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was parting with a good friend when the book ended Hsu is a fabulous writer I love his honesty and his bluntness when things don t go according to plan in China And he weaves in Chinese history that makes it fascinating even for those who know how things turn out along the way I found myself laughing crying and wanting to slam my fist down in frustration as he trekked through China in search of his great great grandfather s lost porcelain But there is so much to his story than that It s also a personal journey in search of identity and acceptance He writes about many family members so the family tree at the beginning is helpful My favorite characters besides Hsu include his colorful uncles Richard and Lewis along with his cousin Andrew Huan Hsu s great great grandfather would be very proud of this book

Summary The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

Elf into the countryside Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have grown up around both his family and China and finally complete his family's long march back home Melding memoir travelogue ethnography and social and political history The Porcelain Thief takes the reader along with Hsu as he travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan to learn about his family's fabled porcelain collection and as a result about the great great grandparents and estranged aunts and uncles he never knew The Porcelain Thief is an intimate and personal way to understand the bloody tragic and largely forgotten events that defined Chinese history in the 19th and 20th centu Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book through NetgalleycomThis is an interesting book taking us through a journey of discovery with Huan Hsu the writer He takes us along his uest of his family china which is also a uest to unknot the complicated and forgotten threads of his family history Actually the china feels like an excuse for all this no matter how focused he might have been on the subject at the timeSo this book is not uite a treasure hunt as it is a memoir of his family during the last century a very troubled one in ChinaUnfortunately I didn t learn much The author writes well and that s basically all that kept me entertained during this book I think this book is perfect for people who don t know a single thing about China and who have never been there as it is a very good introduction to the place and its history But for someone like me who has been living here for years is a foreigner but with Chinese blood has an interest in antiues my family and I are into bronze and gold work but you can t miss knowing a few things about porcelains if you have only the slimmest of interest in China s culture and history this book really doesn t bring anything There s not enough in depth analysis and knowledge for me to discover anything and it s too much about the description and not nearly enough about the actions that I didn t really get any thrill from itBasically my main reaction throughout the book was been there done that I guess I was not the right public for it Or maybe I just had too high expectations for it

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Etown of Xingang the family was forced to bury their valuables including a vast and prized collection of antiue porcelain and to flee on a decades long trek that would splinter it over thousands of miles and countless upheavals Hsu raised in Salt Lake City and armed with mere strands of a family legend moves to China to work in his uncle's semiconductor chip business and begins to understand his family's history as he never has before A conversation with his grandmother the last living link to his family's life in dynastic China ignites his desire to learn about not only his ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself Mastering conversational Chinese enough to launch hims A solid 35 stars I m glad I read this


10 thoughts on “The Porcelain Thief Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

  1. says:

    Thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing for the advance copy There has been much written in recent years about the emergence of China and the changing culture and its impact on the global economy As with any change it's vital to understand the history and background that lead to the current evolution So many have done this with detailed historical analysis and broad high level observations But what about the story through the eye

  2. says:

    I've read many China memoirs and Chinese history narratives so was excited to see a new take in Huan Hsu's The Porcelain Thief I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was parting with a good friend when the book ended Hsu is a fabulous writer I love his honesty and his bluntness when things don't go according to plan

  3. says:

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers ProgramThis is a rare case where reading this as

  4. says:

    I have mixed opinions about this book I liked how the author added Chinese history as a way to put his family's story into context both in terms of dates and how the bigger picture affected his family personally Af

  5. says:

    DNF The prose was whiny and boring and a far cry from the compelling narrative that opens the memoir Seeking encouragement to keep going I read some reviews and discovered that this narrative is actually mostly fiction and the ending is very ambiguous

  6. says:

    A solid 35 stars I’m glad I read this

  7. says:

    The book is interesting and the insights into China are great There are some lovely historical tangents I felt like the end was sudden and I also don’t feel like it was finished or rounded up properly which earns it three stars for an abrupt slightly unsatisfying ending But I think it’s still worth a read for anyone in

  8. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book through NetgalleycomThis is an interesting book taking us through a journey of discovery with Huan Hsu the writer He takes us along his uest of his family china which is also a uest to unknot the

  9. says:

    A very interesting read which gives a good overview of the last 150 years or so of China as experienced by one family and their descendants F

  10. says:

    What a fascinating memoir involving a family myth resulting in the uest to ascertain the legitimacy of that myth Along the journey author Huan Hsu discovers his family's history through the memories of aging relatives He explores Chinese culture through living working and traveling within China and through conversations with many who have endured the myriad of revolutions encountered over the last few generations Hsu is a gifte

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