The Image of Jews in Contemporary China

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James Rodman Ross, Song Lihong
Jewish Identity in Post-Modern Society
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , January
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Bookstores in Chinese cities are stocked with dozens of Chinese-language books on how Jews conduct business, manage the world, and raise their children. At least ten universities throughout China offer popular Jewish Studies programs, some with advanced degrees. Yet there are virtually no Jews in China. The Chinese are constructing an identity for a people that the large majority of them will never meet. This edited volume critically examines the image of Jews from the contemporary perspective of ordinary Chinese citizens. It includes chapters on Chinese Jewish Studies programs, popular Chinese books and blogs about Jews, China’s relations with Israel, and innovative examinations of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James Ross is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, former Fulbright lecturer at Nanjing University, and author of Fragile Branches: Travels Through the Jewish Diaspora (Riverhead, 2000).

Song Lihong is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Nanjing University, and most recently the author of Rome and Jerusalem (2015).


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