New Tales of the Twin Cities: The History, Law, and Culture of Minnesota, the first Chinese-language book about Minnesota, was just published by Thomson Reuters. The book was authored by Chang Wang, chief research and academic officer at Thomson Reuters and an attorney. Wang is a native of Beijing, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and a recipient of the “China 100 Distinguished Chinese Alumni Award” from the University of Minnesota.

Throughout this book, Wang intends to give Chinese residents, students, and visitors a comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of Minnesota’s history, law, and culture. Rick King, COO, Technology at Thomson Reuters and a transplant to Minnesota, as well as Fred Gordon, editor-in-chief emeritus of US Legal Publications at Thomson Reuters and a native Minnesotan, authored forewords and shared their insights.

Starting with a 30-page brief history of Minnesota, Wang wrote about a wide range of topics such as Minnesota’s judicial system, Minnesota Supreme Court cases, West Publishing, the University of Minnesota, immigrants in Minnesota, science and technology in Minnesota, and the “Best of the Twin Cities.” He also divulges his top 10 Minnesota pleasures, a list of charming and simple activities easily taken for granted by native Minnesotans: browsing used bookstores, walking around the Cities’ lakes, listening to Minnesota Public Radio, and watching a Twins game at Target Field, among others.

The book is dedicated “To all the early settlers of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and to all the strong, good-looking, and above-average Minnesotans who live there today.” A special tribute to Minnesotan author Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion.

The English version of the preface of the book can be found here.

UPDATE: This book was recently selected as one of the “Books: Winter Reading” by Minnesota Magazine.