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In this arresting chronicle of one tumultuous year in China's love-hate relationship with the West, Orville Schell brings us a revealing analysis of the Chinese reform movement.
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Overview

In this arresting chronicle of one tumultuous year in China's love-hate relationship with the West, Orville Schell brings us a revealing analysis of the Chinese reform movement.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What China-watcher could have foreseen, only a few years ago, that the country would move from militant communist orthodoxy to an apparent headlong race toward capitalism? Schell To Get Rich Is Glorious spent a year in China to discover whether this metamorphosis is real or yet another mirage on the shifting sands of Chinese politics. Certainly, signs of a new spirit are everywhere. Schell recounts that free enterprise in Shanghai has skyrocketed, with a growth rate of 500%; stock exchanges have opened in several cities. And even Mao's guarantee of lifelong employment, the so-called Iron Rice Bowl policy, is beginning to rust as poorly performing workers are laid off. The lure of the forbiddenWestern culture with its glitzy array of movies, rock music, electronic equipment, high fashionis proving irresistible as many Chinese become disco devotees and eager consumers. Even such basic Western ideals as democracy are having an impact, especially among intellectuals and artists. But although the work ethic is rooted in Chinese tradition, independent thought and democratic participation emphatically are not. With the future still uncertain, Schell provides a clear, intelligent study of a society torn between a stagnating revolution and a newborn dynamism. June
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Schell, a career Sinologist, shows us the predicament of a changing nation opening its doors to foreign technology and capital but unable or unwilling to shut it on the accompanying Western values and crazes. He explains the dynamics behind political purges and controversies, student marches, popular culture, and the Party's attempts to keep a rein on democracy and the press. Schell is a political scientist and a roving reporter, combining brief journalistic narrative with lengthy discussion and quotation. He concentrates on the last ten years, especially 1986 and 1987. While Mark Salzman's Iron and Silk ( LJ 2/1/87) is a warm personal memoir, Schell's work is a chronicle with the compelling urgency of events unfolding before our eyes. Recommended for informed readers and scholars.Douglas W. Cooper, Randolph-Macon Coll. Lib., Ashland, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385261876
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Edition description: 1st Anchor Books ed
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Back to the Future 3
Part 1 Don't Be Afraid of Democracy
A Dictionary Time Capsule 9
Don't Be Afraid of Democracy 15
The Liberal Reformers Speak Out 23
The Great Debate on Political Reform and Democracy 28
Bankruptcy Comes to China 38
Socialist China's Big Board 44
Building Friendship Through Golf and Guns 55
The Limo-ization of Beijing 64
Part 2 Bodybuilding and Bikinis
A Vacuum 71
Bodybuilding and Bikinis 73
Cosmetic Surgery 80
Fashion As Emblem 85
Letting a Hundred Periodicals Bloom 89
Mao, Freud, and Iacocca 93
Socialism Is Good 101
Part 3 A Second Kind of Loyalty
Three Critics and the Party 119
Fang Lizhi: China's Andrei Sakharov 121
Liu Binyan: A Second Kind of Loyalty 140
Wang Ruowang: Political Iconoclast 162
Communist Traditionalism 177
A Unity of Opposites 183
Wondering About the Thaw 187
Part 4 The Students March
Liang Qichao: China's First Democrat 193
The Democracy Wall Movement 201
The Student Demonstrations Begin 211
Fang Lizhi Addresses the Students of Shanghai 218
The Students March on Shanghai 223
The Students March on Beijing 231
The Aftermath 241
Part 5 Emulate Lei Feng
The New Political Climate 247
The Party Reacts 250
Fang Lizhi Is Purged 258
Wang Ruowang Is Expelled from the Party 266
Hu Yaobang Is Dismissed from Office 269
The Campaign Against Wholesale Westernization 276
The Dismissal of Liu Binyan 282
Emulate Lei Feng 286
Chinese Students Abroad Write a Letter Home 295
Fang Lizhi's Speeches Are "Published" 302
An Intellectual's View of the Party 306
The Crackdown on Publishing 314
Limiting the Hard-line Counter-attack 324
Part 6 Disco Dreams
The Economic Effects of the Crackdown 337
Advertising Comes to the Great Hall of the People 340
Disco Dreams 349
Fang, Wang, and Liu Reappear 357
The Circle Comes Around 364
Mao and Kentucky Fried Chicken 373
Notes on Translations and Sources 383
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