Chapters 1 and 2Conventions of the Novel and Magic Realism
The Qing (Ching) Dynasty
The Taiping Rebellion
A Historical Model for General Cape: Frederick Townsend Ward
(all reproduced from 1995 Grolier Encyclopedia)
Salon.com Interview with Tan: "The Secret Within"
(from The Internet East Asian History SourceBook)The People of Canton: Against the English, 1842
(from The Modern History SourceBook at Fordham)