The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion (review)

@article{Pollak2005TheJO,
  title={The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion (review)},
  author={Micah Pollak},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={23},
  pages={206 - 209}
}
  • M. Pollak
  • Published 23 May 2005
  • History
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
Jersey City, N.J.: KTAV Publishing House, 2003/193 pp. $29.50. In the preface to this work, Xu Xin, Professor of the History of Jewish Culture at Nanjing University, asserts quite correctly that a great deal of what "has been written about the Jews of China is fantasy, much is polemic, and much is, at best, pseudo-history." What is puzzling, however, is that he promptly follows this statement with the claim that "little if any attention has been paid to charting the life of the Kaifeng…