Grain was in too short supply to be wasted on barnyard animals, so peasants actually prepared
food for their pigs during the Cultural Revolution. Since the animals would not naturally graze on grass and grain hulls, these items had to be made palatable by cooking them. The grasses were boiled in water that had been used to wash rice so that they retained some minimal nutritious value.



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The book was originally published on December 1, 2011 and sold out its first printing within a month! The second and third printings also sold out completely. In 2021, to mark the book's 10th anniversary, the authors updated it with suggestions from readers and added stories and recipes. Amazon now has the 10th Anniversary Edition in stock. Click on the image above to purchase your copy. If you'd prefer the Kindle edition, click here.

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Business is booming as thousands flock to China to seize explosive opportunities. But knowing the right etiquette and the right protocol - and being aware of the cultural differences - is a must. In Chinese Business Etiquette, Scott draws on more than 35 years of experience dealing with the Chinese, provides up-to-date advice on how to succeed, avoid gaffes, interpret behavior and make positive impressions.



In Born American: A Chinese Woman's Dream of Liberty, Sasha tells of her dramatic journey in a collection of stories. Sasha came to America to escape political persecution, achieve personal freedom and pursue happiness. She speaks frankly about the psychological damage done by a totalitarian system and describes how such a system re-shaped family and morality in China.


    Part murder mystery, part courtroom drama and part landmark legal case study, The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice tells the true, but forgotten, story of a young Chinese man’s abuse by the police and his arduous, seven-year journey through the legal system that that drew in Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John W. Davis and even J. Edgar Hoover and helped lay the groundwork for the Supreme Court's famous Miranda decision.
    A true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution and opium: the Chinese gang wars that engulfed New York’s Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s. Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown is historical true-crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various vice markets using admirably creative strategies. The book roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe. 
    America's Chinese had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo. A firebrand and a trailblazer, Wong, whose life in chronicled in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo, challenged Americans to live up to the values they so freely espoused on one hand, and so utterly failed to apply to the Chinese on the other. The first to use the term "Chinese American," the first to organize an association of Chinese voters and the first Chinese to testify before Congress, he charted the path to an entirely new identity - that of the Chinese American.


Mandarin Chinese at a Glance, written by Scott and I-chuan Chen, is an attractive, illustrated phrasebook for travelers. Perfect as a take-along guide for visitors to China, it features general information for visitors and bilingual lists of more than 1,500 most-often-used words and expressions for travelers, in the form of phonetic spellings of Mandarin words with their English translations. 


Hemmed in by prejudice and restrictive laws, Chinese Americans lived in a defensive crouch at the turn of the 20th century. Three Tough Chinamen, Scott's latest work, is the true story of three scrappy and ambitious brothers who fought hard for their share of the American dream, spoke out against injustice and defied laws to defend their interests. It is due out in September and can already be pre-ordered on Amazon.


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