What are the best books about prostitution and sexuality in China?

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    #1The Carnal Prayer Mat

    The Carnal Prayer Mat

    The Carnal Prayer Mat is a nonfiction book by Li Yu translated by Patrick Hanan. It contains erotic literature which is recognized and considered as a benchmark of erotic literature in China. It was published in 1996 by the University of Hawaii.

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    Jonathan Garrett
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a fascinating book. Hundreds of years old, but in a translation that feels completely fresh, it tells of a novice monk setting out to sample earthly pleasures before he renounces them. It is certainly erotic, but it also features a lot of humor and satire. Very entertaining read. "
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    #2Leftover Women

    Leftover Women

    Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China is a nonfiction book by Leta Hong Fincher. It contains an account of the early years of the People's Republic where gender relations were sought to be transformed. It was published in 2014.

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    William Diaz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Leftover Women is a great book for anyone looking for a book that's about prostitution in China. It will help you understand what life really is like."
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    #3Red Lights

    Red Lights

    Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China is a nonfiction book by Tiantian Zheng. It takes a look at the culture of sex work which exists in China today, produced from the years of ethnographic fieldwork. It was published 2009.

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    Yang Xu
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "The book's author highly researched the topic with field work by actually living and forming close bonds with the workers about whom the book is written. It offers a good detail into the lives of these people and how the society (power and influence) plays a role in shaping the sex work industry."
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    #4Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

    Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

    Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China: Transborder Cultural Politics, 1970-2010 is a nonfiction book by Eric Kit-wai Ma. It contains a study of the complex and shifting cultural patterns in Hong Kong's relations with China. It was published in 2012.

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    Samantha King
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is an interesting look into the culture with Hong Kong. I recommend this book to anyone looking to diverse their mind in a different world."
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    #5Desiring China

    Desiring China

    Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture is a nonfiction book by Lisa Rofel. It contains a study which focuses on gauging China's attempt to fit into the post-socialist era modern world. It was published in 2007.

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    Keith Griffin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It may not be the best solution. I am not interested in these writings, but, some people are."
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    #6People's Pornography

    People's Pornography

    People's Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet is a nonfiction book by Katrien Jacobs. It contains a discussion on the national ban on pornography in China since 1949 and what happened since. It was published in 2012.

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    Charvi Patel
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "People's Pornography is a timely discussion on the new freedoms found in China and its clash with outside influences and the freedom of the internet. China will not be able to stop it, although it certainly has tried. This was a very interesting look at what has been happening in the realm of pornography in such an interesting country. "
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    #7Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking

    Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking
    Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking is a nonfiction book by James Farrer. It contains a discussion on modern dating and culture in modern day China. It was published in 2002.
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    Philip Hicks
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Every year, thousands of Chinese women travel to Asia and the United States in order to engage in commercial sex work. In Selling Sex Overseas, Ko-lin Chin and James Finckenauer challenge the current sex trafficking paradigm that considers all sex workers as victims, or sexual slaves, and as unwilling participants in the world of commercial sex. Bringing to life an on-the-ground portrait of this usually hidden world, Chin and Finckenauer provide a detailed look at all of its participants: sex workers, pimps, agents, mommies, escort agency owners, brothel owners, and drivers. Ultimately, they probe the social, economic, and political organization of prostitution and sex trafficking, contradicting many of the ‘moral crusaders’ of the human trafficking world."
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    #8Opening Up

    Opening Up
    Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking is a nonfiction book by Ko-Lin Chin. It contains a discussion of how thousands of Chinese women travel overseas for sex traffic It was published in 2012.
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    Rosario Álvarez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is hard to understand. I didn't care for it!"
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    #9Women and Sexuality in China

    Women and Sexuality in China

    Women and Sexuality in China is a nonfiction book by Harriet Evans. It contains analyses of major Chinese governmental publications which deal with sexuality since 1950 and the Marriage Laws since. It was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury Academic.

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    #10The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai

    The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai

    The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai is a nonfiction book by Han Bangquing which examines the lives of courtesans in China who lived in Shanghai's pleasure quarters in the nineteenth century. It was published in 2008 by Columbia University Press.

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    Joe Burns
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai is an interesting read that will have you fully engaged. I enjoyed reading this book more than i thought i actually would."
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    #11China Underground

    China Underground

    China Underground is a nonfiction book by Zachary Mexico whcich aims to expose the new China or the real China with it's underground and secret worlds as well as its dispairing people. It was published in 2009 by Soft Skull Press.

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    Christian Davis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A fantastic read. Very open minded and culturally relevant. It is kind of a travel book with more focus on the people. We need more books like this! I really with Zachary Mexico would write more books. He has a fantastic writning style that engages the reader and thoughtfully tells the story."

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Best What are the best books about prostitution and sexuality in China
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Carnal Prayer MatBooks 33 Paid
2Leftover WomenBooks 32 Paid
3Red LightsBooks 29 Paid
4Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South ChinaBooks 26 Paid
5Desiring ChinaBooks 24 Paid
6People's PornographyBooks 23 Paid
7Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex TraffickingBooks 20 Paid
8Opening UpBooks 18 Paid
9Women and Sexuality in ChinaBooks 14 Paid
10The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai Books 3 Paid
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