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November 21, 2022

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#NonFicNov week 4 “Jaw-Dropping” non-fiction

by NancyElin

 

Week 4: (November 21-25)Worldview Changers: One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction is learning all kinds of things about our world which you never would have known without it. There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound. What nonfiction book or books has impacted the way you see the world in a powerful way? Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read for a better understanding of the world we live in? (Rebekah

 

UPDATE: 24.11.2022

The Guardian: 24.11.2022   READ 

  • Police beat protesting iPhone workers as Covid cases hit record high in China

 

 

  1. I don’ know how much news about China is a ABC news, MSNBC or CNN
  2. …but this is a potential flashpoint for China now!
  3. One of the most underreported
  4. stories right now is China’s failing Zero-Covid policy.
  5. Cases have surged to record-high levels (30 000 daily cases) &
  6. 420 mln people are back in lockdown. Lockdown…that is a powder keg with a short fuse!
  7. This violent protest is from the Foxconn iPhone factory in Zhengzhou
  8. …APPLE is very worried their phones will not make be found under USA Christmas trees!
  9. Xi Jinping can look very impressive at G20 ….but he has a lot of problems at home!

 

UPDATE: 21.11.2022 – Tweet from the author:

Thank you so much for your very close reading and detailed notes! A great primer / gateway into my book! Another book in the works, but may take a break from HK this time and try something new

 

  1. Books about China politics have impacted the way I see the world.
  2. These books have opened my eyes to the geopolitical  importance of decisions
  3. made by China and …countries who must deal with China.
  4. This all makes my “JAW-DROP” because if you don’t feel it yourself
  5. NEVER forget China…is a nation on a ‘long-term’ mission!!
  6. The world must prepare for its influence on us all!
  7. I wonder if anyone asks for Dapiran’s book in the bookstore or library?
  8. There is NO BETTER to prepare than to read and educate yourself.
  9. I  would recommend Anthony Dapiran’s book as the best place to start.
  10. He is a journalist and he creates an impressive narrative to explain the
  11. flashpoint we know as Hong Kong.
  12. REVIEW   City on Fire (2020)

 

 

  1. The Red Zone – Peter Hartcher (2022) – is the second choice…
  2. Read why Australia is in Xi Jinping’s cross-hairs!
  3. REVIEW
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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 21 2022

    I’m curious to know more about Hong Kong after seeing the episode of The Crown where Prince Charles went over there to take down the British flag and see the China flag go up. I might be calling the flags by the wrong names, but you get the idea. Anyway, I know absolutely nothing about it and don’t know why it’s a big deal or if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Need to educate myself.

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    • Nov 21 2022

      Jinjer, books are the best way to learn! I received a tweet from the author Anthony Dapiran all the way from Hong Kong to thank me for the review of his book! He told me he is writing another book…and I will surely read it.
      I have a very long list of nonfiction books for 2023 and cannot wait to start reading!

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  2. Nov 21 2022

    Two good ones for the week!

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  3. Nov 22 2022

    I read a book on Hong Kong last year, Virgil, Hong Kong on the Brink and all I managed to learn is how little I know about Hong Kong. I am going to check out City on Fire – maybe it will help me!

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    • Nov 22 2022

      The protests went on for days, weeks, months…the young people were so brave. Yes, we heard snippets of the news about Hong Kong but the media did not focus on it for long b/c it did not impact the West (Europe, USA) directly. Mr Dapiran is a journalist based in HK and the protests were for him “up close and personal”. He brings the movement for democracy into our lives and creates a impressive news/narrative. Protests have been crushed now but democracy is a pure flame….and is an invisible Sun within the people of HK. Hope you can find the book in the library… Thanks for you comment!

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  4. I’m not very informed on either subject, thanks for sharing your recommendations.

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    • Nov 24 2022

      I just added an update on the review….things are not going well in China and Xi Jining cannot keep this news off the internet! Thanks for you comment!

      Reply
  5. Nov 23 2022

    Hong Kong and China are such blank spots in my reading/knowledge areas and that seems like a dangerously bad idea. Thanks for these recommendations! I should probably be scanning through a lot of your geopolitical reads on this topic…

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    • Nov 24 2022

      I don’ know how much news about China is a ABC news, MSNBC or CNN…but this is a potential flashpoint for China now! One of the most underreported stories right now is China’s failing Zero-Covid policy.
      Cases have surged to record-high levels (30 000 daily cases) & 420 mln people are back in lockdown. Lockdown…that is a powder keg with a short fuse!
      This violent protest is from the Foxconn iPhone factory in Zhengzhou…APPLE is very worried their phones will not be found under USA Christmas trees! Xi Jinping can look very impressive at G20 ….but he has a lot of problems at home!

      Reply
  6. Nov 26 2022

    In light of current events, these books are particularly compelling to me. I really don’t know enough about Asian powers.

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    • Nov 26 2022

      I don’t see many people reading about the Asia – Pacific region and geopolitics.
      I guess you have to be really interested in it…as are the heads of state in USA JAP and AUSTRALIA. They know there will be “trouble ahead”. I have a book on my list for next year about the Chinese influence in CANADA “Claws of the Panda”. Thanks so much for your comment!

      Reply

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