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China Dawn (Chinese)
By Robert L.(ipscomb) Duncan Translator Wendy Liu
June 1, 2009

Published by World Affairs Press, January 1, 2009, Beijing, China

  • I S B N 7501234124/9787501234127



China Dawn’s plot is built around three main characters, beginning in Shanghai, China, in the early 1930s: a young American diplomat just starting out in Shanghai; a young Japanese woman who escaped poverty at home to Shanghai; a young Japanese military officer serving in Shanghai. It unfolds with them, their work, love, struggle, family, friends and enemies. But most of all, it tells their life in rich details before, during and after the Japanese War against China and follows them to the 1980s in and away from China. Readers will find out why Dawn is not only a title word, but also the name of a girl born in that war time Shanghai.


Author Information


Robert L.(ipscomb) Duncan was born on September 9, 1927, in Oklahoma City, OK; died on January 28, 1999, in Norman, OK. He was a writer, and also lecturer of television writing at University of California and associate professor of journalism at University of Oklahoma. Duncan wrote more than 100 television dramas. But he was best known for his suspense novels, often set in the Far East, dealing with the clash of cultures. He considered himself more an international writer than an American one. China Dawn was published by in 1988 by Delacorte Press (New York, NY).


Translator Information


Originally from Xi’an, China, Wendy Liu is a China business consultant, translator and writer, living in Seattle, WA. She has a BA in English from Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute and an MS in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of Connecting Washington and China—The Story of the Washington State China Relations Council (iUniverse, Nov. 2005) and Everything I Understand about America I Learned in Chinese Proverbs (Homa & Sekey Books, Jan. 2009). China Dawn is her first major literary translation.

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