The intent of the BOOK BONANZA program is to provide the most interesting books on modern China to readers of all ages through the US public library system. There are about 120,000 US public libraries, visited approximately 1.5 billion times per year.

1990 Institute has reached out to university professors, and high school and middle school teachers specializing in modern China to create a curated list of books on modern China for all ages, from kindergarten to adult. We consider the list to be a work in progress, and from time to time, books will be added or dropped.

The program was kicked off on January 27, 2019 with a presentation by John Pomfret, author of the acclaimed Beautiful Country and Middle Kingdom, in conversation with author and correspondent Scott Tong at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

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