Selected Publications

NOTE: I find it amusing that, as a fellow in his late sixties, I am sometimes described as a “young artist” by those in the world of museums and galleries. By that, they mean that I have recently turned to art making after a lifetime of doing other pursuits. As a result, my art-related publications are very limited compared to other works in history, international relations, autobiography, and fiction. The one common link is that almost all articles and books have a common theme that has deeply impact my art work – the interaction of China’s past, present, and future. And my psychological autobiography helps explain how my life, and my sculpting, is about finding the pieces and pursuing “cohesive multiplicity.”



“Chinese Scholars Rocks: Traditional Legacies, Modern Inspirations,” in Art and Rocks: Nature Found and Made, Chambers Fine Art, New York, 2009. Written “early” in my “young artist” career, this article on the why, where, how, and what of my sculpting.



Ruling From Horseback, University of Chicago Press, 1970, 1974. Reworking of my doctoral dissertation on the Manchu conquest and rule of China in the seventeenth century.


Dragon and Eagle, Basic Books, New York, 1978. Co-edited with Michel Oksenberg, this became major collection of articles from key figures in the China field about the U.S. and China. I contributed both the introduction and an article about how China’s past impacts its present and future.


“The Past Is Still Present,” in Ross Terrill, ed., The China Difference, Harper & Row, New York, 1979. Another article about how Chinese historical legacies make a deep, though often invisible, impression on contemporary life. This notion – past legacies and contemporary impacts – has been an important factor in my art work in recent years.


Cinnabar, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1989. Mystery thriller about China from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth century revolving around an art object – a strange red lacquer box.


Ming, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1994. A novel of seventeenth century China whose hero, Longyan (“Dragon Eyes”) turns learning disability into a remarkable career, and whose heroine, Meihua (“Plum Blossom”), beomes a literate feminist.



A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder, Hyperion Press, New York, 2005. This much publicized work describes my lifelong struggle with severe dissociation. It was published three years before I turned to sculpting, but has deep relevance for understanding my art work.