[UCP Books]: A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World by Scott Tong


“A solid exploration of China past and present in which the author climbs ‘a punishing mountain of history’ with his intergenerational team.”

Kirkus Reviews


“This ambitious work, part social and political history and part personal story, doesn’t attempt to cover all the members of Tong’s family. Tong instead concentrates on a few representative relatives who reveal particular facets of the vast changes in China. . . . Tong clearly communicates the complexity of Chinese life and effectively integrates his own story into a much larger one.”




A Village with My Name

A Family History of China’s Opening to the World

Scott Tong


Publication date: December 5, 2017 $28.00/£21.00
International publication date: December 5, 2017  



In American life, China is all too often little more than a boogeyman, a convenient villain for politicians looking to score points on issues ranging from trade to currency to military saber-rattling.


In reality, the story of China is the story of countless individuals, all trying to navigate an ever-changing social, political, and cultural landscape to make a better life for themselves and their families. With this book, Marketplace correspondent Scott Tong shows us the story of China at a human level: through the lives and experiences of members of his extended family, in China and America, and their hopes, dreams, and fears about the future.


Written with a journalist’s eye for story and a family member’s deep empathy, A Village with My Name is a remarkable feat of reporting, offering new insight into the world’s largest country and the people who have made it what it is today.


Scott Tong is a correspondent for the daily program Marketplace, from American Public Media. His coverage focuses on energy, environment, natural resources and the global economy. He is the program’s founding China bureau chief. Tong has reported from more than a dozen countries.



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