I just finished Lessons from China: America in the Hearts and Mind of the World's Most Important Rising Generation, by Amy B. Werbel, who spent a year teaching and lecturing at Chinese universities as a Fulbright scholar. Her first days in China and her first reactions were a lot like mine and, I suppose, thousands of other laowais; she has written a good chronicle of life in China. So if you're headed for a university job in China, this could be a worthwhile preview. Trigger warning: Professor Werbel is a post-modernist art expert and her world view won't be shared by everyone. If reading phrases such as "gender is a social construct" is traumatizing for you, best avoid this book.
Chang and her husband recently published a sympathetic biography of the Dowager Empress Cixi. They also wrote a scathing biography of Mao. I think all three books are banned in China. It will be interesting to see if, over time, their research on Mao and Cixi overturns the verdict of history.