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Salted history, Mary Roberts

A Boy of China: In Search of Mao’s Lost Son Richard Loseby HarperCollins, $37.00, ISBN 9781775540885 This is a book that seems at odds with itself. The title tells us that it is about the author’s search for “Mao’s lost…
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Where’s Rewi? Mary Roberts 

White Ghosts, Yellow Peril: China and New Zealand 1790–1959 Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Zeng Dazheng Otago University Press, $55.00, ISBN 9781877578656 Stevan Eldred-Grigg and Zeng Dazheng have, in some respects, written the book that I’ve been waiting for. This is a…
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Sleeping with a panda, Mary Roberts

New Zealand’s China Experience: Its Genesis, Triumphs, and Occasional Moments of Less than Complete Success Chris Elder (ed) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738470 In 1972 New Zealand recognised China: how quaint this now sounds. The echoes of those far-off…
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Honest words and honest deeds, Mary Roberts

Capes of China Slide Away James Bertram, Auckland University Press, $39.95   James Bertram spent ten years of his long life in Asia. Those years prompt the use of Auden’s quotation as the title of his book and occupy over…
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