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Understanding China through Comics, Volume 1 (Understanding China through Comics #1)

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In just three decades China has risen from being a Third World country to taking its place as the world's second largest economy. It has lifted over 600 million people out of poverty while half of the world - over three billion people - still live under the poverty line. The astronomical growth and the potential of China to become the next superpower has attracted wide att ...more
Paperback, Large print, 126 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by MOLI
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Jennifer
*Full disclosure. I received this volume for free through a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review.*

In short, Understanding China through Comics is a great introduction to Chinese history, especially for those like myself who are daunted by the sheer depth and breadth of Chinese history as well as anyone who generally finds it difficult to get excited about non-fiction. I'll probably scrounge up copies of the other volumes (especially since volume 2 includes the history of the Three K
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James
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a really fun and insightful read. Jing's use of the comics medium is a great way to introduce readers to the history and culture of China, a topic which can certainly be more than a little overwhelming. Having had an interest in the history of the region for some time I was at least a little familiar with the information covered in the book which made it even more comfortable to read. I had several 'oh yeah, I remember reading this before' moments wh ...more
AP
Great idea to compress 5,000 years of Chinese history into 3 volumes of comic books. The opening lines to this book are awesome.

I enjoyed reading volume 1. Volumes 2 and 3 haven't been published yet. I think that this is a self-published book, which is nicely produced with high quality printing.

The art is very clean and communicates the ideas very capably. I liked the e-book so much that I purchased a paper copy to leave around the house for the kids to discover. While I agree with the broad s
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Keshia
I really enjoyed reading about the history of china in a comic setting. Obviously it couldn't encompass everything but I think this is a really neat idea for such an expansive history. There were a couple of times that I was like "oh, I didn't know that" which was really cool. I am excited to read the next volumes.

There were a few grammatical errors but nothing incredibly noticeable and I think I would have preferred a little bit of color to the comic because sometimes the black and white was a
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Sarah Holz
*I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway*

The "big" nations always seem to have a sense of destiny about them. China has always basked in its sense of Self as an ancient civilization that has a glorious past and a blindingly bright future. And it has always been at its best when blending the two streams together. I am reminded of watching Buddhist monks play basketball in a temple courtyard in Beijing - China has always had a gift for both old and new. Jing Liu charmingly continues this
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Elmira
I am very grateful to have received a copy of "Understanding China through Comics" Vol. 1 for free as a first-reads winner.

The book was an excellent introduction to Chinese History for all ages. After I read it, I gave it to my 10-year old son to read, and I'm sure he'll be as fascinated by it as I was!

I am probably representative of the average middle aged American in having essentially no knowledge of Chinese History. This book was a perfect introduction for me and formed a framework of events
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Eric Wallace
Sometimes it takes a different approach to get readers like me into history...

I will admit that, while I might tout the belief that "Those who don't remember history will be condemned to repeat it," I don't willingly choose to read anything that smacks of "history" very often; and when I do, the subject is probably constrained to a topic I'm already engrossed in. So the chances of my learning about the thousands of years of China's history were pretty slim, despite my interest in their intriguin
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Blue
So Chinese history is really really confusing, perhaps because it is rather long with many many many dynasties and emperors. I finished Volume 1, and take home message is that.

I really enjoyed the infographics in the book, the bar graphs and such, though the subject matter was rather grizzly (how much of the population was killed during each power change? maybe you don't want to know, but if you do, the graphs are very helpful.) It certainly explains how while many empires crumbled, the Chinese
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Reema Al-Medaires
I'm quite happy that I stumbled upon this book. It is illustrated beautifully and what seemed like a daunting scary topic full of difficult names and many dynasties became a pretty enjoyable read and extremely informative.

China is a fascinating country and it's quite possible that I might proceed into Volume II.

If you want glimpses of what this book is all about I suggest you look into this BBC video, it's how I came across it in the first place!

Understanding China through Comics

Thank you Ji
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Alice
The length and complexity of Chinese history can be really daunting. It's easy to just avoid trying - thinking "I'll never get it". If that's true for you, you should read this series of books. You won't be an expert on Chinese history at the end of it (and you probably won't remember all the names involved either), but this gives a great overview, points out what's important in each period, and is interesting and entertaining at the same time! I can't wait until all the volumes are done!
Ignacio
Beautifully crafted, a very simple way to understand and remember details of China's history.
Dawn Betts-Green
Excellent beginner's history of China, made easy in graphic novel form. Chinese history is a fascinating topic, but the sheer scope makes it hard to know where to start. Liu solves that. Looking forward to reading the next 2 volumes.
Vapaw
China's long and complicated history is simplified into comics. Jing Liu has done a great job with explaining China's history. This book is funny, educational, and easy to understand.
Campbell
"Understanding china through comics" is the most fun way to learn about history I have ever expirienced. I think that all fans of culture, history, and/or comics should read it
Fany Wedahuditama
Makes me want to write one for my country! Great book!
Maggie
Great idea to help make China's history easier to understand. However I still found it a little confusing (this coming from someone who knows nothing about China). I did enjoy the pictures and book and I did learn something from it!
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