Everyone knows about the UN and some of its agencies. Not everyone knows how the UN operates and what it is like to work for it. Jack Chieh-Sheng Ling was one of the earliest staff serving the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). He weaves a vivid memoir of his experiences and achievements with colleagues at UNICEF during its formative years. Founded right after WWII in 1946, UNICEF wasted little time or expense in contributing to the humanitarian needs of the post-WWII international community, such that in 1965 it became one of the first UN organizations to win a Nobel Prize. Jack Ling shares about his intensive field work, detailing how he won donations from Japanese enterprises which had recovered from the war but still lacked self-confidence, and how he helped promote UNICEF's programs collaborating with Marlon Brando, Liv Ullmann, and other such superstars, etc. He recounts successes as well as mistakes learned from his years of experience with the international community. Anyone interested in the United Nations, its inner workings and what a career with the UN involves, will find this an invaluable resource and a captivating read.


​​Born in a bourgeois family in Shanghai in 1930, Jack Chieh-Sheng Ling grew up in the city’s French concession. In 1949, with the raging civil war interrupting his studies, he moved to Hong Kong where he met his future wife, and secured the opportunity to join the UN. He then embarked on a 30+ year career devoted to the UN. In his last years in the UN, he served as high-ranked directorate of WHO. He joined Tulane University's faculty after retiring from UN, but remained active in the UN's consultant commission for many years. He currently lives in New York with his wife.


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Author: Jack Chief-Sheng Ling

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Author: Hanwei Tan, PhD.

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A pioneer and milestone in the study of Chinese visual poetry!

Great for mid-high level Chinese learners

and whoever interested in Chinese culture!

It's not a horse though it has a face like a horse.
It's not a deer though it has deerlike antliers.
It's not a cow though it has cow-like hooves.
And it's not a donkeys though it has donkeylike tails.

That's why the Pere David's Deer, a native Chinese species, is called "the four unlikes" in China. Its official name is given after French missionary Armand David, who found it in a royal hunting garden south of Beijing and introduced it to the west in 1865.

The 3 million-year-old species almost went extinct about 100 years ago with only 18 remained in London. It was then re-introduced to China. Read the fascinating stories about the Pere David's Deer, and help us build a better future for them and the human being.


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Author: Crystal Tai

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Author: Tianxin Cai

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On January 6, 2005, a mother elephant was shot while she was walking with her baby at the border area between China and Laos. Disregarding her injuries, she brought the baby to the edge of the nature reserve. Then the mother died and the baby bent over the mother wailing endlessly.

To bring attention to the rescuing of the Asian elepahnt, this book makes a brief but thorough introduction to the species in China: their characteristics, behavior and wisdom, reproduction, living enviroment, and the Chinese people's effort to help them survive.


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A ground-breaking study of Chinese visual poetry from the perspective of comparative literature.

A well-planned comparative research layout which is helpful to explore and shape a clear and engaging picture of Chinese visual poetry in terms of its historical development, graphic and rhythmic features, and interactive relations with visual verses in other languages, especially those recently emerging visual verses in the present age of globalization, multiculturalism and cyber technology.

A milestone in studying Chinese visual poetry.

---- Professor Liu Shusen, Peking University


​A pioneer in the study of Chinese Visual Poetry- which has never been recognized as a poetic genre yet remain dynamic and active up to now, Dr. Tan explores the chronological development of Chinese visual poetry in all its forms, chiefly including the earliest inscription fossils in prehistoric times, various types of Chinese calligraphy, hidden verse as displayed in the headwords of a common poem or doggerel, Chinese couplets, paper-cutting, Peking Opera masks, and poetic designs in advertisements and public posters in the present age. This book deserved to be considered an encyclopedic of Chinese visual poetry. At the same time, Dr. Tan also provides a convincing interpretation of Chinese mindset, world view, culture, philosophy and psychology as embodied in the visual poetry.

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Poetry is the most concise and precise expression of a culture. A Poetic Portal to Chinese Culture is therefore your smartest start to learn everything deep down inside of the world's most populated country with the longest continuous history on earth.

Each chapter of the book features four or five classical Chinese poems along with elegant English translations to portray a particular theme of Chinese culture. With 12 chapters named after the months of the year, this book takes the reader through an imaginary calendar year to experience one Chinese festival after another. It will familiarize the reader with all the Chinese holidays and seasonal customs through the year while presenting breathtaking photos as illustrations. It's definitely a delightful and insightful read!


Crystal Tai ( 盧琪韶)was born in Taipei and moved to San Francisco with her family as a teenager. She earned a Master's degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies with coursework in Journalism from Stanford University in 2007. Since then, she has worked as a reporter and communications specialist in the high tech sector, a bilingual talk show host for Chinese TV North America, and a freelance translator. She has translated former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee's and former Taipei Mayor San-Lien Wu's biographies as well as her own maternal grandfather Yu-Ting Chi's memoirs from Chinese into English. Among these translations, the family memoir book, Nine Memorable Decades, serves as research material in the archives of the Hoover Institution.

Every Cloud Has Its Own Name is a collection of poems and essays of Cai Tianxin, a renowned Chinese poet, traveler, photographer and mathematics professor. "Travelers are those trying to gain inspirations and enlightment through spacial movements". Inspired by both his outer and inner journeys, Cai Tianxin wonders in his world of emotional geometry, fascinated by the changs of perspective, builds a small universe of space, feeling and sensuality.  

"Mathematics is like a true language, which not only records and expresses ideas and the process of thinking, but also creats itself through poets and writers. It could be said that mathematics and poetry are the freest intellectual activistes of human beings. "  ----Cai Tianxin


​Cai Tianxin is Chinese poet, essayist, translator, and photographer, as well as a professor of mathematics at Zhejiang University, China. He was born in Taizhou, in the southeast China. He studied mathematics and received a doctorate with a dissertation on number theory from Shandong University. He has travelled more than 100 countries. He has published more than 20 books of poetry, essays, travels, photograph and biography, and has been translated and published into more than 20 languages. He won several national and international awards for his poetry and prose, and also had a dozens of photo exhibitions in different cities and countries.


Apart from the giant pandas, here are some more of Chinese native animals facing extinction and how they are being helped by people from China and all over the world

Author: Tianjin Cai

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The golden monkeys are unquestionably the most beautiful monkeys in the world. Most of them inhabit the mid- and south-western mountains of China. Their total population is only around 28,000, and human activity is the biggest threat to the survival of their species. This book provides a brief yet thorough introduction to the golden monkeys. Hopefully it will bring attention to this endangered species and serve as an appeal for better protection of them.


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