2017 is going to be a productive year for both Zhang Lijia and Ian Johnson as they are going to publish their long-awaited books. Both are very well versed in documenting cultural change in China, a development that often remain undetected for the outside world.
Zhang Lijia will publish in January Lotus: A Novel, based on the stories she noted from her grandmother, who was a concubine. Zhang Lijia has done extensive research into prostitution in China and although the book is a novel, there is a strong overlap with reality.
Ian Johnson will have his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao on the shelves in April. Emerging Christianity pops up in the headlines now and then, but Pulitzer-price winner Ian Johnson promises to go beyond those superficial media hypes.
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Earlier we discussed with Ian Johnson about the spiritual values among the Chinese.