As East and West become more and more entwined, we also continue to baffle one another. What’s more important—self-sacrifice or self-definition? Do we ultimately answer to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop? Or is our mantra “To thine own self be true”?
Gish Jen, drawing on a trove of personal accounts and cutting-edge research, shows how our worldviews are shaped by what cultural psychologists call "independent" and "interdependent" models of selfhood. Coloring what we perceive, remember, do, make, and tell, imbuing everything from our ideas about copying to our conceptions of human rights, these models help explain why the United States produced Apple while China created Alibaba—and what that might mean for our shared future. As engaging as it is fascinating, The Girl at the Baggage Claim is a book that profoundly transforms our understanding of ourselves and our time.
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About the Author
Caroline McLaughlin is a versatile narrator with a smooth voice who strives to bring the author's words to life. Known for her rich characters and accents, she equally enjoys narrating fiction and nonfiction works. Her languages include conversational Mandarin Chinese.
Date of Birth:August 12, 1955
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A. Harvard University, M.F.A., Iowa Writers¿ Workshop
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Table of Contents
Part I We Edit the World
1 Three Edits 3
2 A Telling Irritation 14
3 Some Helpful Background 22
4 The Asian Paradox 37
Part II The Flexi-Self
5 What Is a Flexi-Self? 49
6 Boundary Blurring 61
7 The Genius and the Master 79
8 Testing, Testing 92
9 Patterns and Training 120
Part III The Big Pit Self
10 How WEIRD We Are 147
11 America, an Explanation 170
Part IV Meetings and Mixings
12 Our Talking, Our Selves 185
13 In Praise of Ambidependence 210
14 Greatness in Two Flavors 235
Appendix A Key to Self Text 255
Appendix B Recommended Reading 257
Illustration Credits 297