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Excerpt Wednesday — Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China's Wartime Atrocity

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from Homare Endo's poignant new memoir, Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun, in which she describes her childhood experience of a Chinese atrocity in the late 1940s and breathes life into post-war China-Japan relations. “Endo’s aim,” writes The Japan Times, “is not to expose a ‘forgotten’ scandal in China’s history so much as to reconstruct the terrifying event she experienced as a child.” Imbued with both stark realism and poetic meditations, this is her eyewitness, at times haunting account of survival at all costs and of unspeakable scenes of barbarity that the Chinese government today will not acknowledge. Read More


Announcement: Fall 2016 books

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dear friends, We are happy to announce our forthcoming titles for Fall of 2016. This season SBP brings you three books on Japan and three on China. Read More


Review: The Asian Review of Books on Foundations of Chinese Civilization

Thomas Joel - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

We are very excited to share a new review of Jing Liu's Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1): The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE) from the Asian Review of Books. Read the review below or check it out hereRead More


Review: School Library Journal on "Foundations of Chinese Civilization" by Jing Liu

Thomas Joel - Thursday, June 16, 2016

We're very excited to share what School Library Journal has to say about Jing Liu's Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1): The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE)Read the review below or check it out hereRead More


Review: Library Journal on Jing Liu's "Foundations of Chinese Civilization"

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We are very excited to share a new review from Library Journal's Graphic Novel Department of Jing Liu's Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1): The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE). Check out the review below or click this link to head over to LibraryJournal.com.  Read More


Review: The Comics Grinder finds heart in "Foundations of Chinese Civilization" by Jing Liu

Michael Palmer - Monday, May 16, 2016

Big thanks to Henry Chamberlain over at The Comics Grinder for this short and sweet review of Jing Liu's Foundations of Chinese Civilization (vol. 1): The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE)  Read More


Foundations of Chinese Civilization Excerpt

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 22, 2016

We're excited to share an excerpt from the upcoming Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE—220 CE).

For all ages, Foundations of Chinese Civilization covers China's early history in comic form, introducing philosophies like Confucianism and Daoism, the story of the Silk Road, famous emperors like Han Wudi, and the process of China's unification. Download the first 15 pages for free today and get a glimpse at 5,000 years of history with the help of a handy timeline and engaging illustrations.

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Interested in reading the rest? Order your copy here!

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Review: Foundations of Chinese Civilization reviewed by the Portland Book Review

Michael Palmer - Friday, April 15, 2016

The Portland Book Review has generously given Jing Liu's Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE – 220 CE), the first in the 5 volume Understanding China Through Comics Series 4 out of 5 stars!  Read More


Talking Chinese History in the Classroom

Thomas Joel - Monday, April 11, 2016

Good friend, talented artist, and author of Foundations of Chinese Civilization Jing Liu recently spoke to 21 kindergarten and first grade students at The Peregrine School in Davis, CA about Chinese history.  Jing used his talk to present some of the exciting material in Foundations of Chinese Civilization, specifically the  Read More


Interview (Japanese): Fred Schodt on "The Osamu Tezuka Story"

Michael Palmer - Monday, April 04, 2016

Fred Schodt, translator of the upcoming Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime visited Tezuka Productions (Co-Author of the book) and spoke about undertaking the translation of the massive book.  Read More


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