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The Making of Modern China


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Previously in Understanding China through Comics . From penniless farm boy to emperor of China . Nanjing Reunifying China Turning inward: The Ming Dynasty, 1368 - 1644 . Protector of the poor . Low tax . Labor duties . Leave people alone . Low pay and corruption . Local officials . Central government officials . Warehouse administrators . Students . "What a difficult situation this is!" . Short-term measures with long-term implications . Losing control of its own currency . Failure of copper coins . Overspending destroys paper money . Retreat . Turning to silver . Japanese pirates . Tax monetization for war . Macau . "Why are we fighting with our money supply?" . Spanish Americas . "We don't control the trade or the source of silver." . Conscientious individuals in a flawed system . Wang Yangming and the School of Mind . Core teaching . Impact . Hai Rui, the oddball . Zhang Juzheng and a last attempt to save the empire . "It's a bad time to run out of money" . Final years of the Ming Dynasty . "Bandits can tear my body apart, but don't hurt my people" Manchus and the West: The Qing Dynasty, 1644 - 1912 "We're here to protect Chinese tradition" . The last Ming resistance in Taiwan Century of peace . Growing economy . Territorial expansion . Early contact with the West . Re-establishing trade . American crops . Jesuits . Turning point . System failure . Rise of industrial Britain . Bankruptcy . Opium trade . The first Opium War . The invisible hand . Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace rebellion "Jesus is my brother!" . Scholars against the rebels . The second Opium War . Self-strengthening Empress Dowager Cixi to the rescue . Sir Robert Hart, head of the Chinese customs service. Burlingame, ambassador for America and China . New hope - the Beiyang force . Philo McGiffin and the Chinese navy . Incompatible with tradition . A new academy at Weihai Wei . When the dragon meets the rising sun . Rise of industrial Japan . Line of advantage . The first Sino-Japanese war . The Korean crisis . Declaration of war . Getting ready . The Battle of Yalu River . Encounter . Outnumbered battle . Fire in the forecastle . Withdraw . Battle results . Total defeat Aftermath . Peace treaty . Diaoyu Islands . Japan's path to imperial power . Carving up China Hundred Days' Reform Society on the eve of revolution . Modern city life . Impoverished countryside . "Now you must turn to God!" . Tensions in the birthplace of Confucius . Last straw from the Forbidden City The storm of 1900 . Battle of Beijing . Eight-nation alliance . Boxer Protocol . Final humiliation . Revolution Sun Zhongshan, father of modern China .

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Promotion targeting Chinese history, culture, manga, comic, cartoon, film, and Asian studies audiences. Galleys/e-galleys national media outlets, trade publications, and audience-focused websites and reviewers. (AV Club, Book Forum, Book Riot, Booklist, BookPage, Buzzfeed Comics, CCG and Libraries, Choice Book Reviews, Foreword, Library Journal, Lithub, Longitude, Midwest Book Review, Panels, Paste, Pop Matters, Portland Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Rain Taxi, San Francisco Book Review, School Library Journal, SF Chronicle, Shelf Awareness, The Common Magazine, The Guardian, The LA Review of Books, The New York Journal of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,, Paper Republic, Foreign Policy, China Rhyming, Tea Leaf Nation, China Daily, Beijing Review) Digital review copies on Edelweiss Excerpts and sample pages in comic- and China-focused websites Advertising with Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and other Academic and China focused publications and magazines Pursue author interviews in comic-focused publications and websites like Animation Magazine and The Comics Journal Pursue endorsements from well-known China educators and journalists Special academic outreach to students and scholars in Chinese Studies departments Direct mailings and newsletter advertising to Chinese-language programs at the high school, middle school, and college levels Promotion at Association of Asian Studies Giveaways with Goodreads and websites focused on key audiences of Chinese culture, language, and history (100+ copies, target sites like Project Pengyou, 100K Strong Foundation, Hacking Chinese, Yoyo Chinese, Popup Chinese, FluentU, ChinesePod). Social media marketing with excerpts from the book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit and target audience focused forums

About the Author

Jing Liu is an artist and entrepreneur from Beijing, China. He is currently the Managing Director of Moli Design, a China-based design firm that counts the BBC, MasterCard, The Ford Foundation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and UNICEF among its many clients. Liu graduated from Beijing University of Technology with undergraduate degrees in industrial design and engineering, and a masters in international economics and trade.


"A great way to learn about China's vast history!"-Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club "Excels at clarifying the often-confusing transitional periods between dynasties... An excellent introduction to the large trends of early Chinese history."-School Library Journal 5/5 Stars "An invaluable source... Chinese history is a vast subject, but Jing Liu has a skillful ability to condense it all into an interesting and manageable narrative."-Kids' Book Buzz "Combines breezy style with historical rigor to strike just the right gong-tone for a middle school audience approaching the vast scope of Chinese history."-Education About Asia "The combination of silhouettes-often threatening, martial ones-with open-faced, expressively individualized figures of many social classes adds dramatic tension while neatly balancing the big-picture narrative. There's a lot to absorb even in this abbreviated form, but the visual approach lightens the load considerably."-Kirkus Reviews "The lucid, economical text makes one eager for successive volumes."-Booklist "Simple and effective...This direct, appealing introduction to the foundations of one of the world's oldest civilizations is recommended for teens and adults."-Library Journal "The book does what it says it does: a child will come away with a basic understanding of early Chinese history, what makes the Chinese tick as a people and culture."-Asian Review of Books "This book is "The Magic School Bus" for those starting to explore Chinese culture."-Dan Cao, Instructor at Confucius Institute at UC Davis "An excellent history that clearly explains the great (and ordinary) people who have made China what it is and the conflicts and debates that have shaped Chinese history. There is nothing else like it in English or Chinese."-Alan Baumler, Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania "No more burying yourself in text-heavy history books to learn about China, this comic-style book manages to be rich in information and bring Chinese history to readers in a more clear, fun, and accessible way than it's ever been done before. Easily integrated into a social studies or Chinese culture curriculum, I can't wait to get a copy for my class."-Grace Zeng, Chinese Teacher and Middle School Chinese Curriculum Area Leader at International School of Beijing "Jing Liu has brought to life the long and complex early period of Chinese history in this wonderful graphic novel. Foundations of Chinese Civilization is a delight to read; humorous, informative, and truly captivating."-Alexandra Pearson, Founder of The Bookworm Literary Festival "Since the 1990s, Jing Liu has been entertaining and informing foreigners about China with his cartoons. His new series of comic books is a fun, easy, accessible way to gain a basic understanding of Chinese history and culture."-Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder of Danwei

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