i was reading “The Search for Modern China” by Jonathan D. Spence. I’m quite impressed by the amount of insights about china this book gives. i took this class hoping to see how american sees china historically. i end up finding myself so much engaged to all the info i’m actually learning. we are assigned to read the first two chapters by monday. reading has never been my favorite so is history, but this book attracts me. i dont know why. it’s the story about my own country; a tale created by my ancestors. i’ve of coursed heard of Li Zicheng, Manchus before but i never knew the significance of them until today. i finished the chapters already and are now looking through all the photos and artworks. if you have a chinese background or wish to know about china since Qing dynasty to present, i highly recommend this book. it’s cheap too. 1000 pages paperback for only $20 at amazon. I bought it for $30 at my local bookstore. I certainly it’s much worthwhile than most of my other textbooks.