Behind the Red Door

Sex in China

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US Media Contact: Richard Burger

Earnshaw Books Releases Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, Sweeping Examination of China’s Fast-Changing Sexual Landscape

“I would pay to read any of Richard Burger's insights and interpretations of modern China. To have him explore China through its sexual history, practices, hang-ups, and business ambitions is
a particular treat. His writing has been distinguished by its combination of empathy and edge, two traits that come through very clearly in this book.” —James Fallows, national correspondent at The Atlantic and author of China Airborne

Hong Kong September 12, 2012: Hong Kong-based publisher Earnshaw Books has announced the international release of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China by Richard Burger. The title is the first comprehensive examination of a society’s complex transformation from a once sexually open society to one of the most prudish, followed in recent years by a stunning turn towards new sexual freedoms.

Thoroughly researched, Behind the Red Door is an in-depth guide to all the phenomena that are shaping China’s sexual landscape today as traditional morals and behavior are being turned on their head with increasing economic prosperity. From karaoke bars with prostitute hostesses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic plaguing the country, author Richard Burger explores each topic through personal interviews, detailed research, and his own expert analysis. He deftly navigates the intricacies and contradictions inherent in this topic, and presents an easy to read, anecdotal story that is unlike anything published on the subject thus far.

“Academic papers have explored specific aspects of sex in China, but this is the first all-encompassing study that tells the complete history of this fundamental human need from China’s ancient times through today,” says Graham Earnshaw, founder and publisher of Earnshaw Books.

Behind the Red Door introduces readers to all facets of sex in Chinese society in the post-Mao generation to show that the story of sex in China is as improbable as it is intriguing.


“In telling a great story of the history of sex in China, Richard Burger peels back the curtain on
the private lives of the world's most populous nation.”—John Pomfret, Washington Post Beijing Correspondent and author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China

“Richard Burger's book, Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, presents a complex and and fascinating story in a surprisingly engrossing way. Detailed descriptions of intimacy are handled in a sensitive yet matter-of-fact manner, never vulgar and always thoughtful. The reader is treated to an engaging, readable progression - providing a window into the history of and attitudes to sex in China from earliest written history to the astonishing cultural changes of the past 40 years.” — Jan Ziff, CBS News host and former State Department correspondent for the BBC

“Incisive, funny and courageous, Richard Burger’s writing provides a unique look at Chinese
society.” —Mei Fong, former Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent at The Wall Street Journal,
Beijing bureau

Behind the Red Door: Sex in China
Published by Earnshaw Books (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
US: $19.99; ISBN: 978-988-19983-2-3
Distributed in the US and Canada by the IPG (

About the Author:
Richard Burger has more than 23 years of combined journalism and corporate communications experience and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from New York University. Along with working as an editor for the Chinese newspaper The Global Times in Beijing, he was a copywriter for Prentice-Hall books, a correspondent for the Fairchild News Syndicate and The Enterprise newspaper in Maryland, and was a contributor to the Baltimore Sun. He worked as a communications specialist for eight years in Greater China, with nearly four years spent in Beijing, and played a key role promoting the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. His blog, “The Peking Duck,” was started in 2002 and was one of the first blogs in China. For ten years Burger has blogged about social, political and cultural issues in China and has a wide audience of readers around the world. Photo is available upon request.

About Earnshaw Books:
Earnshaw Books, founded in 2007, is a leading English language publisher of titles about China. Earnshaw Books aims to promote greater cross-cultural understanding between China and the larger global-community through a range of works covering several categories, including history, travel, arts, and literature. Our headquarters is located in Hong Kong, with distribution throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. For more information, please visit our website at   
US Media Contact: Richard Burger
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