China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines / Edition 1

China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines / Edition 1

by Timothy B. Weston
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines / Edition 1

This successor volume to China beyond the Headlines takes the reader even farther beyond the "front stage" to explore a China few Westerners have seen. The contributors argue that the great gap between what specialists understand and the general public believes has led to distorted and potentially dangerous misunderstandings of the most powerful emerging player on the global stage. Seeking to bridge that gap, a group of prominent scholars, journalists, and activists challenge readers to move past the typical images of China presented by the media and to think about the common problems shared by China and the United States. In an entirely new set of essays, they explore such critical issues as environmental degradation, nationalism, unemployment, film and literature, news reporting, the Internet, sex tourism, and the costs of the economic boom to vividly portray the complexity of life in contemporary China and how surprisingly often it speaks to the American experience.

Contributions by: Bei Dao, Susan D. Blum, Timothy Cheek, Martin Fackler, John Gittings, Howard Goldblatt, Peter Hays Gries, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Lionel M. Jensen, Tong Lam, Sylvia Li-chun Lin, Jonathan Noble, Tim Oakes, David Ownby, Judith Shapiro, Timothy B. Weston, and Xiao Qiang

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742538634
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/13/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Lionel M. Jensen is associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. Timothy B. Weston is associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Culture Matters—A Report from the Field of U.S.-China Relations
Introduction: The New China, a Different United States
Part I: Front Stage
Chapter 1: Trouble-Makers or Truth-Sayers? The Peculiar Status of Foreign Correspondents in China
Chapter 2: The Political Roots of China's Environmental Degradation
Chapter 3: Fueling China's Capitalist Transformation: The Human Cost
Chapter 4: Qigong, Falun Gong, and the Body Politic in Contemporary China
Chapter 5: Narratives to Live By: The Century of Humiliation and Chinese National Identity Today
Chapter 6: The Internet: A Force to Transform Chinese Society?
Chapter 7: The Politics of Filmmaking and Movie Watching
Part II: Back Stage
Chapter 8: Fictional China
Chapter 9: Of Rice and Meat: Real Chinese Food
Chapter 10: Herding the Masses: Public Opinion and Democracy in Today's China
Chapter 11: Sex Tourism and the Lure of the Ethnic Erotic in Southwest China
Chapter 12: Welcome to Paradise! A Sino-American Joint-Venture Project
Chapter 13: The New Chinese Intellectual: Globalized, Disoriented, Reoriented
Chapter 14: Reporting China since the 1960s
Afterword: China, the United States, and the Fragile Planet

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