Having spent much of my adult life studying, teaching and writing about Asian Western relations I began some years ago to create a series of historical fiction novels designed to both entertain and educate readers on this critically important element of the modern world. The first novel in the series, Tienkuo The Heavenly Kingdom is a coming of age tale of a missionary’s son raised in Hong Kong in the 1850s who sets out to seek his fortune among the Chinese of the famous Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace.
The second novel in the series, Beyond the Heavenly Kingdom begins in 1870 as Jason Brandt, whose life we have followed in the first volume, sets out with his Chinese family to learn about the land of his birth about which he has no memory. Much of this novel, set in America in the 1870s, explores the evolution of American politics which ultimately resulted in the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
The third novel in the series Challenging the Qing is currently being written and covers the era from 1882 to 1900. This novel takes place both in the United States and China of that era covers material from the evolving challenge by Han Chinese of the Manchu Qing Dynasty to efforts by Chinese Americans to fight anti-Chinese racism in the United States at late century.