Join us for our monthly book chat at CCC! We are going to talk on the book "War Trash" written by Ha Jin.

War Trash, the extraordinary new novel by the award-winning author of Waiting, paints an intimate portrait of a young man coming of age against a sweeping canvas of destruction.

Set in 1951-3, War Trash is the story of Yu Yuan, a young Chinese officer sent by Mao with a corps of 'volunteers' to help shore up the Communist side in Korea. When Yu is captured by the Americans, Iiis command of English thrusts him into the role of unofficial interpreter in the psychological warfare that defines the POW camp. And, desperate to return to his beloved fiance and his widowed mother, Yu Yuan finds himself trapped not only by barbed wire but also by politics...

Taking us into the heart of the camp, Ha Jin renders brilliantly the complex world the prisoners inhabit. As Yu and his fellow captives struggle to create some sense of community, only the idea of home holds out the promise of a return to their former selves. But by the end of this gripping, haunting novel the very concept of home will be more profoundly altered than they can even begin to imagine.

War Trash continues Ha Jin's prize-winning sequence of novels exploring modern China's life and times.
  • About CCC Chinese Book Club

    The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

    At the CCC's Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies.

    You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

    CCC Book Club day group: 10:30 am.

    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.

    Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.