This text provides an introduction to the Chinese, contrasting the poorest with the most powerful families in the country. It also looks at how workers in state-owned enterprises and the new capitalists are navigating the transition from a planned to a market economy.
China enters the 21st century as the world's largest surviving empire, a vast bureaucratic dictatorship with close to 1.3 billion people drawn from 56 different races. This text provides a general introduction to the Chinese, taking the reader on a journey from the poorest, those living in remote mountainous regions, to the most powerful families in the capital. In between it looks at how workers in state-owned enterprises and the new capitalists are navigating the transition from a planned to a market economy, and at who are the winners and losers in the scramble to make this new consumer market yield golden profits.
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'A captivating study of the fragility and volatility of the most populated nation on earth, and with many lessons' -- Martin Booth, Daily Telegraph '[Becker] is an assiduous reporter and a shrewd analyst, and much of the power and pleasure of the book lies in his detailed exploration of the realities that lie behind the official smoke-screen' -- Isabel Hilton, Financial Times
Table of Contents
Eating bitterness; local despots - middle peasants; getting rich is glorious; inside the walls - urbanizing China; special economic zones; the iron rice bowl; the pig that fears to become fat; the god of plenty; guttering candles; barefoot doctors and shamans; secret empire; the stinking ninth; tremble and obey -China's bureaucrats; the lawyer's law; the rulers.
The Chinese by Jasper Becker
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