· Running with the Enemy
· Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine
· My Splendid Concubine
· 26. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 4, Episode 26 of 26
· 25. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 4, Episode 25 of 26
· 24. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 4, Episode 24 of 26
· 23. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 4, Episode 23 of 26
· 22. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 4, Episode 22 of 26
· 21. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 3, Episode 21 of 26
· 20. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 3, Episode 20 of 26
· 19. Runing with the Enemy - Chapter 3, Episode 19 of 26
· 18. Running with the Enemy - Chapter 3, Episode 18 of 26
· 17, Running with the Enemy - Chapter 3, Episode 17 of 26
· It is Time Ė Relief for Victims of Lone-Wolf Killers such as James Holmes
· Living on the thin side of Black Ice
· Getting Oriented
· Learning to Love and Hate while teaching ESL in the Middle Kingdom
· The Release of The Concubine Saga is another Cheap Marketing Ploy
· The Story behind the National Debt
· Using Alchemy to Disarm Psychological Vampires
· Learning what Win-Win Really Means
· Review for Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
· In Defense of Tiger Mothers Everywhere
· The birth of a child called Prose
· The Luxury of Heartache
· Learning from Death
· Putting Cupid's Arrows on Ice
· The Never-Ending Book Promotion Blues
· Walking the Path of Dead Explorers
· LIttle No More
· Honorable Mention at 2013 San Francisco Book Festival
· Please support this vital Amazon.com petition
· Found Guilty because of Reckless and False Speech
· A Goodreads Giveaway for Runing with the Enemy
· News to Share December 2012
· Historical Novel Society
· Midwest Book Review for Our Hart
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Another Week On the Promotion Road
5/6/2008 7:32:07 AM
In the last few days I've heard of two upcoming book reviews, and I have been a guest on two radio talk shows.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I havenít added anything to my journal or my blogs for days. My wife wanted me to take out two bay windows she had installed a few years ago and replace them with windows that were flush to the wall. The walkway behind the house and the retaining wall is a few feet wider without those bay windows protruding from the back of the house. It wasnít easy taking those bay windows out. The men she hired to install them glued everything in. With much profanity, I used chisels and crow bars to break the windows away from the house and repair the damage from that exercise. I did all this and managed to not damage the windows--much. Later, today or tomorrow, Iíll put those Bay Windows for sale on Craigís list.
Since my last entry several things happened on My Splendid Concubine promotion road. I heard that City Weekend, an English language magazine that distributes in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton), will print a review of Concubine in The May 8 issue of their magazine. The audience for City Weekend magazine is expats and tourists.
Concubine will soon be reviewed by ďFallen AngelsĒ, a book review Website, and the reviewer seemed so impressed by Concubine, that she requested an interview that should be running alongside the review.
I was a guest on two radio talk shows. The first of the two aired on Thursday, May 1st, and it almost didnít happen. This west coast station was supposed to call me at 8:15 in the morning and didnít. I waited fifteen minutes and called the station on their hotline to find out that they had forgotten about me and because of the hole in their schedule extended the guest spot prior to my scheduled time slot. However, to their credit, they scrambled to get me on the air. They must have bumped someone else to do it. It didnít take long to realize that the host didnít know who I was. I had to spell my name for him. He didnít know I was an author, and he didnít even have the topic right. The segment ran for almost twenty minutes.
The second talk show aired live Monday, May 5, out of Rochester, New York at 8:40 AM and ran for twenty minutes. Dr. Rus Jeffrey, the host, was prepared and we had a lively discussion about China and the Tibetan Olympic freedom protesters. The station was WACK-AM 1420. I have a schedule of all past and future talk shows on my website at www.mysplendidconcubine.com. There are links to shows that offer pod casts (four so far out of eighteen or nineteen. Iím starting to lose count.
The topic for the last few shows: ďAre Olympic Protesters Endangering America?Ē
What I have to say is based on nine years of research while writing My Splendid Concubine. I read Robert Hartís journals and letters from the texts published by Harvard University Press. Iíve read many other books on China too (both in print and out of print). Iíve also interviewed card carrying Communists in china (there are only seventy million out of more than 1.3 billion people), and Tibetan refugees in America to hear both sides of the issue.
Supporters of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Freedom movements will not like what I have to say. Tibetans claim that China never ruled over Tibet prior to Maoís brutal invasion in 1951. Tibetans were not the only victims of Maoís Cultural Revolution. Everyone in china suffered except Mao and a handful of others. What happened in Tibet was small in comparison to what happened in all of China. Since The Chinese consider Tibet part of China, it was all part of the same tragedy.
The truth is that China did rule over Tibet and the evidence is available for anyone to examine. There are fifty-three letters that Robert Hart wrote that focus on Tibet. Robert Hart (1835-1911) clearly demonstrates that Tibet was ruled over by China. Another source I refer to is the October 1912 issue of National Geographic magazine. I have excerpts from some of Hartís letters and from the piece in that NG magazine on my Website. Visit the Tibet page and access the drop down menu on that page to find them.
The first successful Communist revolution took place in 1917 in Russia. Mao didnít come to power in China for another thirty years. My evidence is nonbiased and from primary sources--not secondary. A primary source is someone there when it happens--that means they lived through it and saw it first hand. A secondary source (the Tibetan evidence) hears about it from another source that may or may not have been a primary source. Secondary sources are more like rumors and gossip. I decided that I could not refer to any of the sources the Chinese government is using to support their claims that Tibet has been part of China for hundreds of years as a tributary or vassal state. If you had to choose between believing a charismatic man like the Dalai Lama and the Communist Government of China, who would you believe? Yea, me too. Thatís why Iím using sources untainted by the Communists, prior to communists from primary sources.
Most of Robert Hartís private letters were written to his agent in Britain and Hart directed others to burn both his letters and journals after he died. They were not burned. They were turned over to the University of Belfast and the originals are still there. Before Hart died, he was knighted by Queen Victoria and was given other honorary titles from more than a dozen countries for his tireless efforts in China to help that country survive and modernize. Even the Vatican awarded Hart with an honorary title. My Splendid Concubine focuses on Hartís early years in China and his love for Ayaou, his Chinese concubine. Ayaou was his live in Chinese dictionary. Through her he learned how to understand the Chinese people and their culture.
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