Discos and Democracy: China in the Throes of Reform

Discos and Democracy: China in the Throes of Reform

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by Orville Schell
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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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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)
Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9780385261876
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Edition description:
1st Anchor Books ed
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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