Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China

Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China

by Jianying Zha
     
 

ISBN-10: 1595586202

ISBN-13: 9781595586209

Pub. Date: 03/29/2011

Publisher: New Press, The


In Tide Players, acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China. Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

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In Tide Players, acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China. Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

Zha’s vivid cast of characters includes an unlikely couple who teamed up to become the country’s leading real-estate moguls; a gifted chameleon who transformed himself from Mao’s favorite “barefoot doctor” during the Cultural Revolution to a publishing maverick; and a tycoon of home-electronic chain stores who insisted on avenging his mother, who had been executed as “a counter-revolutionary criminal.” Alongside these entrepreneurs, Zha also brings us the intellectuals: a cantankerous professor at China’s top university; a former cultural minister turned prolific writer; and Zha’s own brother, a dissident who served a nine-year prison term for helping to found the China Democracy Party.

Deeply engaging, lucid, and poignant, Zha’s insightful “insider-outsider” portraits offer a picture of a China that few Western readers have seen before. Tide Players is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand today’s China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595586209
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Entrepreneurs 13

A Good Tycoon 15

The Turtles 49

The Barefoot Capitalist 77

Part II The Intellectuals 95

Beida, Beida! 97

Enemy of the State 138

Servant of the State 167

Epilogue 217

Acknowledgments 227

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