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The Chinese / Edition 1
     

The Chinese / Edition 1

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by Jasper Becker
 

ISBN-10: 0195149408

ISBN-13: 9780195149401

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In The Chinese, Jasper Becker, China's premier western correspondent, strips the country of its myths and captures the Chinese as they really live. For nearly two decades Becker has lived in China, and reported from areas where most visitors do not reach. Here he is at his most candid, reporting from all over the country: from tiny, crowded homes in the swollen

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In The Chinese, Jasper Becker, China's premier western correspondent, strips the country of its myths and captures the Chinese as they really live. For nearly two decades Becker has lived in China, and reported from areas where most visitors do not reach. Here he is at his most candid, reporting from all over the country: from tiny, crowded homes in the swollen cities of the southeast rim to a vast, secret network of thousands of defense bunkers in the northwest. He exposes Chinese society in all of its layers: from remote, illiterate peasants; to the rising classes of businessmen; to local despots; the twenty grades of Party apparatchicks; to the dominant, comparatively small caste of Party leaders who are often ignorant of the people they rule.

Becker lets the Chinese speak for themselves, in voices that are rich and moving. He teaches a great deal about the magnitude—and the false face—of China's vaunted economic boom, and further shows the pervasive institutionalized crime that has risen out of economic poverty. In all, Becker reveals a China very different than our long-held assumptions depict. The Chinese is the hidden story of people of the world's largest nation—a nation so poorly understood and so vital to the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195149401
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgements
Maps
Introduction: Through the Open Door
1. Eating Bitterness
2. Local Despots and Peasant Rebels
3. Getting Rich is Glorious
4. Behind the Walls
5. Inside the Zones
6. The Iron Rice Bowl
7. The Pig that Fears to Become Fat
8. The God of Wealth
9. Guttering Candles
10. Barefoot Doctors and Witch-doctors
11. The Stinking Ninth
12. Secret Empire
13. Tremble and Obey
14. The Rule of Law
15. Between Heaven and Earth
Epilogue: Examining the Oracle Bones
Appendix I: Chronology
Appendix II: Biographical Sketches
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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