List of resources for China

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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and China, or to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: On these sites people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government. You may find opinions of people who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that the Peace Corps is not for everyone, and no two people experience service in the same way.

General Information About the Countries:
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan province) to information about converting from the dollar to the yuan. Just click on China and go from there.
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find China and learn more about its social and political history.
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees:
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
This Yahoo site is for current Volunteers, returned Volunteers, and invitees to find various practical information on living and teaching in China.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local volunteer activities.
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring to see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.

Languages in China

Peace Corps Mandarin Chinese Course
Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About China:
This site offers general information on China and a news section that is updated daily.
This online news site, published in both English and Chinese, includes links to several English language newspapers in China.
This site has a little of everything about China and a good list of links to other China-related sites.
The site of the South China Morning Post, one of Hong Kong’s English language newspapers.
The site of the Far Eastern Economic Review.

International Aid Organizational Sites About China:
This website of an independent publication established in 1996 to report on aid to China highlights the work of international and Chinese nongovernmental organizations.
The website of China’s mission to the United Nations.
The China section of the Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

Recommended Books:

  1. Gittings, John. The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  2. Hu Wenzhong. Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans. Yarmouth, Me.: Intercultural Press, 1999.
  3. Jang Chung. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.
  4. Salzman, Mark. Iron and Silk. New York: Vintage Books, 1987.
  5. Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.
  6. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001.

Books About the History of the Peace Corps

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  5. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999
  6. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  7. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).