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Tom Carter

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An inveterate vagrant who flirts with pictures and words, 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. Tom was born and raised in the City of San Francisco, graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C., and has called China home since 2004.

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Average rating: 4.15 · 198 ratings · 58 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
China: Portrait of a People
4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2008
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2014
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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 — 267 members — last activity Feb 20, 2015 10:46PM
Essential fiction and non-fiction reading for anyone traveling to and/or living in CHINA.
6329 China — 368 members — last activity Jul 28, 2015 06:39AM
We love Chinese culture!
8603 China Book Club — 213 members — last activity Jul 27, 2015 11:19PM
A book club for everyone who enjoys books about China.
41216 Around the World in Books — 286 members — last activity Aug 22, 2015 06:41AM
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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
1281 Travel Literature Makes My Heart Beat Faster.. — 1043 members — last activity Aug 19, 2015 04:01AM
Do you adore a good piece of travel literature/travelogue? Than this is the group for you!
52937 Around the World in 80 Books — 8664 members — last activity 4 hours, 32 min 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 — 659 members — last activity Aug 07, 2015 01:21PM
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 — 157 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 (in 52 Books) — 1442 members — last activity Sep 01, 2015 01:12AM
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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