If you’re into Chinese dating, you might actually find yourself changing your reading habits and trying to learn more about Chinese culture. This might be because you want to read the same books your online love interest is reading, or you might simply want to stay ahead of the curve.
That’s where Frog comes in. It’s not a book you have to read, but you might very well want to read it if you are interested in China’s one-child policy. Although the policy might be controversial to some people, it is an inescapable truth and part of China’s history and culture.
Frog is a 400-page book that takes a look at a small Chinese town’s midwifery and the politics of abortion during the most intense years of the country’s one-child policy. Mo Yan, who also won a Nobel Prize in 2012, wrote the book. He is one of the few novelists who have not been jailed by the government for his work or beliefs, nor has he fled the country.
The book, which is written in the form of a letter, tells the story of one young man growing up during one of China’s most notably turbulent periods. The tale is filled with wry humor, which is surprising for the depth and heaviness of the subject matter. Topics include war, famine, the enforcement of the one-child policy, and even Chinese dating gone wrong.
Although Frog is filled with heroic children of the revolution, loyal communists, and brutal reality (although the magic of the culture is not lost), Yan also critiques the system indirectly and raises plenty of questions for discussion.
If you want to beef up your reading list in preparation for Chinese dating, you might be interested to know that Frog is being released in the U.S. this week.