China: Getting Rich First: A Modern Social History available in Paperback
Welcome to the new China, a nation in motion-where entire streets are rebuilt in a week, rural workers migrate to the cities in search of a better life, and education is privatized for the first time in decades. But some feel that China is moving too fast. Since Deng Xiaoping announced in the 1980's that China would have to "let some of the people get rich first," economic reforms and social transformation have to "let some of the people get rich first," economic reforms and social transformation have swept through the country at lightning speed. But while many have benefited from this ideological agenda, others are struggling to keep up in what is now one of the most divided societies on earth.
Is it possible for this new China to reconcile an ancient past with dreams of modernization and globalization? Newsweek journalist Duncan Hewitt, who lives in Shanghai and has witnessed first hand the impact and speed of these vast upheavals, has written a timely and illuminating book that speaks with the voices of everyday people as they confront an everchanging reality.
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About the Author
Duncan Hewitt first lived in China in 1986, while studying Chinese at Edinburgh University. He was a BBC correspondent in China from 1997 until 2002, first in Beijing and later as the BBC’s first Shanghai correspondent. Hewitt now writes for Newsweek from Shanghai.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations vi
1 Cities in motion 1
2 Shanghai between old and new 32
3 Aspiration nation 60
4 Farewell to welfare? 92
5 A half-open media 124
6 The 'me' generation 153
7 Unsentimental education 183
8 The great proletarian sexual revolution 211
9 Floating people 258
10 The land they left behind 289
11 Consumers and citizens 322
12 Culture shock 348
13 Faith, hope and disillusionment 376
Further reading 451