China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society

China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society

by John Naisbitt, Doris Naisbitt
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China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society by John Naisbitt, Doris Naisbitt

A groundbreaking look at a new social-political model on the rise

John and Doris Naisbitt, longtime China observers, provide an in-depth study of the fundamental changes in China's social, political, and economic life, and their impact on the West.

With extraordinary access, and using the same techniques behind John Naisbitt's international bestseller Megatrends, the Naisbitts have traveled the country, interviewing journalists, entrepreneurs, academics, politicians, artists, dissidents, and expatriates. With the help of twenty-eight staff members of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, they have monitored local newspapers in all of China's provinces to identify the evolving perspectives and deep forces underlying China's transformation. Their research reveals that China is not only undergoing fundamental changes but also creating an entirely new social and economic model—what the Naisbitts call a "vertical democracy"—that is changing the rules of global trade and challenging Western democracy as the only acceptable form of governing.

The Naisbitts have identified 8 pillars as the foundation and drivers of China's new society:

  • Emancipation of the Mind
  • Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up
  • Framing the Forest and Letting the Trees Grow
  • Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones
  • Artistic and Intellectual Ferment
  • Joining the World
  • Freedom and Fairness
  • From Olympic Medals to Nobel Prizes

Examining each of these 8 pillars in great detail, China's Megatrends describes the new China for the knowledgeable and the newly curious, offering fresh and provocative insights and lessons to be learned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061859441
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 257
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Naisbitt has been studying and visiting China for forty-two years, first in 1967, with more than one hundred visits since. A former professor at Nanjing University, he is currently a professor at both Nankai University and Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.

Doris Naisbitt began her visits and studies of China ten years ago, and since 2007 has been the director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin and a professor at Yunnan University. She is the former head of the Austrian publisher Signum Verlag, which she upgraded to become a major player in the German-language business book market. Doris lives in Vienna, Austria, and Tianjin, China.

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“The best explanation to date of the hows and whys of China’s rapid rise.”

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"An intriguing look at the new China." —-Kirkus

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Chinas Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Futurist John Naisbitt was never one for understatement, and that holds true with this sweeping book on China. His early works broke ground and brought provocative ideas to light. This book, written with his wife, Doris Naisbitt, is less revolutionary. With warm enthusiasm, the authors present a comprehensive, generous compilation of eight major forces shaping China. They explain China's politics simply and straightforwardly, with a generous dose of quotes from former leader Deng Xiaoping and others. The Naisbitts' prose style and their slogans or sayings seem to lilt with a slightly Chinese cadence and, sometimes, even sentence structure. The book is not directed at cognoscenti who seek academic or deep coverage of China's complexities, contradictions and challenges. Instead, getAbstract finds that it is a very accessible look at how China is evolving today, written for an interested but not expert general audience and slightly sugared with an accent on the positive. The authors praise China's leaders - and even laud the fact that most leaders aren't elected - and believe that criticism of China is based on misunderstandings that will clear up as the eight forces they list come to fruition over time.
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