ISBN-10:
1605980617
ISBN-13:
2901605980613
Pub. Date:
11/03/2009
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
China: Getting Rich First: A Modern Social History

China: Getting Rich First: A Modern Social History

by Duncan Hewitt

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Overview

China: Getting Rich First: A Modern Social History

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901605980613
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

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

Epilogue 417

Notes 429

Further reading 451

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