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Tom Carter

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Tom Carter spent 2 straight years backpacking a groundbreaking 35,000 miles across all 33 Chinese provinces, and was named "one of China's foremost explorers" by The World of Chinese magazine. His first book CHINA: Portrait of a People has been hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. He is also the editor of Unsavory Elements, an anthology about foreign expats in China. He co-authored a Chinese-language travelogue, The Farther I Walk, The Closer I Get To Me (走得越远,离自己越近), with his wife Hong Mei about their year backpacking together across India. Tom was born and raised in the City of San Francisco and has called China home since 2004.

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Average rating: 4.10 · 221 ratings · 60 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
China: Portrait of a People

4.40 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 2008
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Tom Carter Tom Carter said: " Graham Earnshaw is a true man of the People. His 30-year tenure in China as a journalist, businessman and, most recently, publishing magnate, have made him a permanent fixture in the Shanghai scene – which is exactly why Earnshaw makes it a point of ...more "

 

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Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China, an unprecedented anthology of all-ORIGINAL stories commissioned from 28 renowned Western writers about their experiences living in China. Edited by Tom Carter, the photographer and autho ...more
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“No wonder prostitution is so rampant in China, I mused as I watched the four girls watch us: why stand on your feet all day for slave wages when you can get rich on your back?”
Tom Carter, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

“I drift like a cloud,
Across these venerable eastern lands,
A journey of unfathomable distances,
An endless scroll of experiences...
Lady Zhejiang here we must part,
For the next province awaits my embrace.
Sad wanderer, once you conquer the East,
Where do you go?”
Tom Carter, China: Portrait of a People

“The snapshots in CHINA: Portrait of a People are not meant to be works of art. I was too preoccupied with participating, with reveling in the moment, to worry about their perfection. Their purpose, then, is to form a candid portrait of China exactly as China presented itself to me.”
Tom Carter, China: Portrait of a People

“Collect adventures and experiences to reminisce about…go to far places, meet new people, eat exotic foods, enjoy all varieties of women, look on unfamiliar landscapes, see new things.”
Gary Jennings

“Faxian and Xuanzang might have been the first Chinese to travel to India, but sometimes it felt like I was the first.”
Hong Mei 洪梅

“I drift like a cloud,
Across these venerable eastern lands,
A journey of unfathomable distances,
An endless scroll of experiences...
Lady Zhejiang here we must part,
For the next province awaits my embrace.
Sad wanderer, once you conquer the East,
Where do you go?”
Tom Carter, China: Portrait of a People

“No wonder prostitution is so rampant in China, I mused as I watched the four girls watch us: why stand on your feet all day for slave wages when you can get rich on your back?”
Tom Carter, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

“I remember looking around at the girls, the men, the drugs and the money, and wondering how long this utopia could last: the Chinese dream, in its second, prodigal generation.”
Susie Gordon, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

5704 Essential CHINA — 273 members — last activity Jan 11, 2016 07:08AM
Essential fiction and non-fiction reading for anyone traveling to and/or living in CHINA.
6329 China — 400 members — last activity Feb 06, 2016 01:22AM
We love Chinese culture!
8603 China Book Club — 229 members — last activity Jan 11, 2016 07:08AM
A book club for everyone who enjoys books about China.
1281 Travel Literature Makes My Heart Beat Faster.. — 1057 members — last activity Jan 28, 2016 04:53AM
Do you adore a good piece of travel literature/travelogue? Than this is the group for you!
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A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
41216 Around the World in Books — 286 members — last activity Feb 06, 2016 07:49AM
This is a book club for people who would like to read a book about a different part of the world each month. The goal is to see how many countries we ...more
52937 Around the World in 80 Books — 9573 members — last activity 29 minutes ago
Reading takes you places. Where in the world will your next book take you? If you love world literature and exploring the world through books, you hav ...more
116231 International Reads — 649 members — last activity Oct 15, 2015 08:28AM
This book club's focus is on reading as diversely as possible. We hope to read books we may not otherwise have read or even heard of! This book club w ...more
7699 Indian Writing and Indian Literature — 158 members — last activity Jun 21, 2015 05:38AM
I love Indian Writing, frankly speaking it let me know more about my people. Indian writers include Nobel laureates, bookers and pulitzers.Not only we ...more
53809 Around the World — 1498 members — last activity 1 hour, 19 min ago
Each year we look at our to-be-read shelves and choose which countries of the world we want to travel through. Some of our members map their journeys ...more
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message 1: by Laura

Laura You are like Shahrzad, from The Ming Storytellers...the way you love China. Thank you for the add. :)


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