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Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities by Yuan-ning Wen and others, ed. by Christopher Rea (review)

Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities by Yuan-ning Wen and... Reviews 225 Yuan-ning Wen and others, edited by Christopher Rea. Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2018. 315 pp. Hardcover $114.99, ISBN 978-1-60497-943-5. Although it seems that the Republican Era of Chinese history is one of the most examined, and perhaps over-examined, period of time in our field, it is wonderful to discover another aspect of the time that provides a more nuanced, if imperfect, understanding. Christopher Rea presents us with Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities, which is exactly such a surprising book. The book is a collection of biographical sketches, which, when taken as a whole, provide a refreshing and lively context for the age. The man behind the sketches was Wen Yuan-ning (溫源寧, AKA Oon Guan Neng), the editor of The China Critic. Wen was raised in a commercial family in the Dutch East Indies and was connected with many of the most influential people in Anglophone Asia. He studied in Singapore and London, graduating in 1922 from King’s College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, before moving to Beijing to take up teaching at Peking University. He later moved to Shanghai http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities by Yuan-ning Wen and others, ed. by Christopher Rea (review)

China Review International , Volume 24 (3) – Aug 15, 2019

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Abstract

Reviews 225 Yuan-ning Wen and others, edited by Christopher Rea. Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2018. 315 pp. Hardcover $114.99, ISBN 978-1-60497-943-5. Although it seems that the Republican Era of Chinese history is one of the most examined, and perhaps over-examined, period of time in our field, it is wonderful to discover another aspect of the time that provides a more nuanced, if imperfect, understanding. Christopher Rea presents us with Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Modern Chinese Celebrities, which is exactly such a surprising book. The book is a collection of biographical sketches, which, when taken as a whole, provide a refreshing and lively context for the age. The man behind the sketches was Wen Yuan-ning (溫源寧, AKA Oon Guan Neng), the editor of The China Critic. Wen was raised in a commercial family in the Dutch East Indies and was connected with many of the most influential people in Anglophone Asia. He studied in Singapore and London, graduating in 1922 from King’s College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, before moving to Beijing to take up teaching at Peking University. He later moved to Shanghai

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 15, 2019

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