Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China's Hinterland / Edition 1

Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China's Hinterland / Edition 1

by Daniel B. Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742519155

ISBN-13: 9780742519152

Pub. Date: 05/15/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The common Western image of China is confined to the large cities of the country's relatively wealthy east coast. But what does the country look like to most Chinese, those from the vast hinterland? The Promise of the Revolution reflects the day-to-day realities of the hundreds of millions of people in China's interior regions, fifty years after Communist takeover.

Overview

The common Western image of China is confined to the large cities of the country's relatively wealthy east coast. But what does the country look like to most Chinese, those from the vast hinterland? The Promise of the Revolution reflects the day-to-day realities of the hundreds of millions of people in China's interior regions, fifty years after Communist takeover. A half-century ago, Mao Zedong proclaimed that "the Chinese people have stood up." Yet most of China's millions lay in abject poverty. What has become of the promises of the revolution? Has anything changed? Wright's years of observation and conversation at the grassroots level in Guizhou, western China's poorest province—from hiking high into mountain villages, to traveling with migrant laborers, to retracing the Long March trail, even to golfing with the province's most affluent—reveal a rich blend of human fulfillment, disappointment, and perseverance. This unusually perceptive and personal account, with its vivid immediacy, educates and entertains, but most important, it makes an original and invaluable contribution to our understanding of China's hidden majority.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742519152
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 0 Foreword 1 Foreword Part 2 Part I. Prints of the Past: Local History Chapter 3 The Paradox of Perspective: Colorful Guizhou Chapter 4 A Walk into the Past: Hiking the Long March Part 5 Part II. Portraits of the Present: Interior China and the Coast Chapter 6 One in Fifty Million: On the Rails With China's Migrant Labor Chapter 7 "Hey Coolie!": Local Migrant Labor Chapter 9 Shared Prosperity? Chapter 10 Reason to Hope: The China Youth Development Foundation Chapter 11 Part III. Portraits of the Present: Rural Life in China's Interior Chapter 12 A Day in the Life of Shui Jianhua: Report from Splendid Village Chapter 13 Home-Cured Tobacco: A Tale of Three Generations in Big Nest Village Chapter 14 "They Call Me Brother": Report from Big Nest Village Chapter 15 Team Water Buffalo: Report from Big Nest Village Chapter 16 Leading on Poverty's Front Line: The Spirit of Daguan Village Chapter 17 Still a Song to Sing? Modernization versus Traditional National Minority Culture Chapter 18 Part IV. Portraits of the Present: Urban Issues in China's Interior Chapter 19 Coping with Reform in Guizhou's Industrial Rustbelt Chapter 20 Sprouts in a Hard Place: Principal Bi and the "P"- Word Chapter 21 "Field of Dreams": Tourism in Guizhou Province Chapter 22 Golfing in Guiyang: Playing with Guizhou's Affluent Part 23 Part V: Promises, Promises: China's Inadequate Revolution Chapter 24 Matters of the Heart … The Rebirth of Religion Chapter 25 The Revolution at Fifty Years

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