China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power

Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

Language: English

Pages: 528

ISBN: 0679763937

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The definitive book on China's uneasy transformation into an economic and political superpower by two Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters. An insightful and thought-provoking analysis of daily life in China, China Wakes is an exemplary work of reportage. 16 pages of photos.

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breakthrough, for except during occasional periods of relaxation the official newspapers used to contain only pabulum and propaganda. Many of my Chinese friends used to laugh at me because I always studied the People’s Daily, whereas they hardly ever read it. A former editor of the People’s Daily explained that there was only one truthful thing in the newspaper each day: the date. What about the weather? “No, even the weather report is skewed. If the weather is too hot or too cold, the rules say

to live, could be taxed. Russia. The czars took advantage of Chinese weakness beginning in the nineteenth century to seize huge chunks of territory in the far northeast and northwest of the country. While not demanding the return of those territories, China has minor disputes with Russia concerning the precise demarcation of the frontier. Some Chinese believe that China now has a historic opportunity to take advantage of Russian weakness and recover those lost territories. It seems very unlikely

Economics, 1994); Mancur Olson, The Rise and Decline of Nations (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982); and The East Asian Miracle (Washington, DC: World Bank, 1993). The last is the study mentioned in the chapter. Some of the same themes are discussed in Guy P. Pfeffermann and Andrea Madarassy, “Trends in Private Investment in Developing Countries 1993,” International Finance Corporation, 1992. Foreigners often ask us whether China’s economic growth statistics are to be believed. The answer

Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction in China,” draft paper, November 1993. Florig is a fellow at Resources for the Future, Center for Risk Management, in Washington, DC. 19. For global warming, see Philip M. Boffey, “Editorial Notebook: China and Global Warming,” New York Times, December 8, 1993, p. A16. 20. The best work on China’s environment is Vaclav Smil, China’s Environmental Crisis (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1993). Smil, a professor at the University of Manitoba, has written extensively

everything tougher. Because of a shortage of corn and wheat, the kitchens began mixing ground elm leaves into the flour. There wasn’t any nutrition in the leaves, but at least they added bulk, so that a meal didn’t seem so pitiful. In 1961 hundreds of new prisoners arrived, many of them already weak and sick, and almost all died of hunger and related illness. “They had a way of testing you,” Harold told us. “They would use a finger to poke you in the leg. If the skin remained depressed and didn’t

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