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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 (2008, Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong) 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 (2013, Earnshaw Books, Shanghai), an anthology about foreign expats in China. Carter contributed photographs to a critically acclaimed Chinese-language travelogue authored by his wife Hong Mei about their year backpacking together across India. Most recently, he p ...more

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CHINA: Portrait of a People

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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

“Standing unseen in their midst was this damaged product of American democracy, singularly embodying everything that has gone wrong with what the protestors were advocating.”
Tom Carter, An American Bum in China: Featuring the bumblingly brilliant escapades of expatriate Matthew Evans

“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

“Standing unseen in their midst was this damaged product of American democracy, singularly embodying everything that has gone wrong with what the protestors were advocating.”
Tom Carter, An American Bum in China: Featuring the bumblingly brilliant escapades of expatriate Matthew Evans

“American folk history was founded on romanticizing the outlaw life. Everyone loves a good book or movie about desperadoes and bank heists and mobsters and prison escapes. We cheer for them, hope they outsmart the cops and escape with the loot. American kids literally dream of becoming outlaws. That's why nobody cares that all our politicians and bankers are a bunch of crooks. We expect them to be. It's the American way.”
Tom Carter, An American Bum in China: Featuring the bumblingly brilliant escapades of expatriate Matthew Evans

5704 Essential CHINA — 378 members — last activity Apr 30, 2020 01:45AM
Essential fiction and non-fiction reading for anyone traveling to and/or living in CHINA.
6329 China — 717 members — last activity Jun 19, 2020 09:51AM
We love Chinese culture!
8603 China Book Club — 426 members — last activity Jun 18, 2020 10:55AM
A book club for everyone who enjoys books about China.



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