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The Porcelain Thief, by Huan Hsu

The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China - Huan Hsu

The last three generations of Huan Hsu's family have suffered every upheaval of Twentieth century China. His great-great-grandfather Liu was a wealthy landowner and porcelain collector during the last decades of the Qing dynasty. He and his children and grandchild experienced the fall of Imperial China, the depredations of the Japanese during World War II, the evacuation of the Kuomintang, and the rise of Mao and the Cultural Revolution. His memoir, The Porcelain Thief, is ostensibly about Hsu's attempts to find his family's cache of porcelain. The book is more about Hsu's attempts to reconcile his relatives recollections with China's history than about reclaiming lost family heirlooms...


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