What are the best books that are banned in China?

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    #1Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a nonfiction book by Jung Chang which tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China and how they have been affected by Mao as well as their society. It was published in 2003 by Touchstone.


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    Jerry Black
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "While "best" could be argued, this book shows the real life story of life under Mao's rule as a female, so no wonder this is banned in China. A look at the oppressive past of Chinese government can show us why such books are banned in the first place."
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    #2For a Song and a Hundred Songs

    For a Song and a Hundred Songs

    For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet's Journey through a Chinese Prison is a nonfiction book by Liao Yiwu which tells of the bloody resolution in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the outrage of the poet. It was published in 2013 by New Harvest.


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    Janice Beck
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Not really sure if this is banned in china or not, But this does seem like a good read"
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    #3Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China is a book containing 28 essays from foreigners who spent significant time living in China. Famous writers like Simon Winchester and Alan Paul contributed to this book.


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    Sharon Vasquez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Although I was never in the Orient this book provides me the best substitute for that experience. I can see in some ways why this book is banned, but there are also positive angles throughout these essays I would not have expected."
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    #4The 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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    Rodolfo Rentería
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I don't think this book was ever banned in China. In fact, it was translated into English from Chinese, and it is widely considered a great work of Chinese literature. Its dialect wasn't as widespread but the book was never banned to my knowledge. The story is fine, but the book in no way matches the category it's listed under."
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    #5Please Don't Call Me Human

    Please Don't Call Me Human

    Please Don't Call Me Human is a fiction book by Wang Shuo which tells of a fictional Olympic Games where nations compete based on their citizens' capacity for humiliation and where China does everything to win. It was published in 2003.


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    Tiffany Brooks
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Please Don't Call me Human is a terrifying look at what humanity can become when we value entertainment above all else. The book does an excellent job showing how quickly nations can devolve into hurting and shaming their own people. The story is incredibly engaging and the moral tale shines through brightly."
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    #6China 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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    Donna Hawkins
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The book features many people who are doing things underground as they are forbidden in China. Zachary Mexico is the author and features several closeted homosexuals, a mafia kingpin, rockstars, and other things forbidden in communist China that depict these radicals going against the establishment. It's a great read for those who want to know what happen behind closed doors in China."
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    #7Red 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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    Amit Trivedi
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I am always interested in banned books. I want to read them to find out what it is that made them banned. Red Lights was banned in China and this did not disappoint. It was nonfiction and took a look at a postsocialist China. The sex industry and trade was highlighted in the text."
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    #8Eating Smoke

    Eating Smoke
    Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland is a nonfiction book written by Chris Thrall and published by Blacksmith Books on September 16, 2011. It follows the story of Thrall in Hong Kong.


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    Amit Mittal
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I'm not exactly sure if this book is actually banned in China. I found a few websites that claim it is but no definitive answer. It seems like an interesting book though."
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    #9Red Dust: A Path Through China

    Red Dust: A Path Through China

    Red Dust: A Path Through China is a nonfiction book by Ma Jian which is a culmination of his three-year immersion in the remotest parts of China which show the different worlds in China. It was published in 2000 by Anchor.


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    Beverly Gibson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Well it is kind of interesting I suppose. The subject matter isn't my favorite, but if you like autobiography's give it a try"
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    Brian Morris
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The solution is not a book thus i cannot answer this. "
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    #11Mao: The Unknown Story

    Mao: The Unknown Story

    Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday features the Chinese leader Mao Zedong's motives in gaining power. This book was published in 2006 by Anchor Books.


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    Joshua Hamilton
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A thrilling look into the life of Mao Zedong, his rise to power, and his motives in seeking power. It reveals that Mao is not the man portrayed by historians and that he in fact, plotted and schemed his way into power through Stalin. It's insane to think how a country so thought of as being on the forefront of a new idealism was in fact almost the same as the corruptness and bigotry of western countries. This was taken from the accounts of people who were the closest to Mao in his time and as a result, gives readers insight into the true personality and ambitions of Mao Zedong, a wanna be imperialist. Great book. "
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    #12The 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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    Peter Zhang
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This good be a good read but I have no idea if it is banned in china or not"


Best What are the best books that are banned in China
1Wild Swans: Three Daughters of ChinaBooks 32 Paid
2For a Song and a Hundred SongsBooks 27 Paid
3Unsavory ElementsBooks 26 Paid
4The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai Books 26 Paid
5Please Don't Call Me HumanBooks 24 Paid
6China UndergroundBooks 22 Paid
7Red LightsBooks 21 Paid
8Eating SmokeBooks 19 Paid
9Red Dust: A Path Through ChinaBooks 14 Paid
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