China's Brave New World
And Other Tales for Global Times
By (author) Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
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China's Brave New World by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Book DescriptionIf Chairman Mao came back to life today, what would he think of Nanjing's bookstore, the Librairie Avant-Garde, where it is easier to find primers on Michel Foucault's philosophy than copies of the Little Red Book? What does it really mean to order a latte at Starbucks in Beijing? Is it possible that Aldous Huxley wrote a novel even more useful than Orwell's 1984 for making sense of post-Tiananmen China-or post-9/11 America? In these often playful, always enlightening "tales," Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom poses these and other questions as he journeys from 19th-century China into the future, and from Shanghai to Chicago, St. Louis, and Budapest. He argues that simplistic views of China and Americanization found in most soundbite-driven media reports serve us poorly as we try to understand China's place in the current world order-or our own.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219084
(5983mm x 3971mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 22-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, Hardback (June 2016)
This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the 'Chinese century'
Eight Juxtapositions, Paperback (February 2016)
What do Pope Francis and Xi Jinping have in common? More than you think. Approaching the red Rubik s Cube from a new angle, Jeffrey Wasserstrom challenges conventional commentary on China through eight experimental analogies, finding fresh and surprising ways to look at the Asian superpower."
China in the 21st Century, Paperback (September 2013)
Jeffrey Wasserstrom offers a fully updated and revised edition of his popular introdution to China, providing cogent answers to the most urgent questions regarding modern China, and a framework for understanding its meteoric rise.
Chinese Characters, Paperback (September 2012)» View all books by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
A migrant worker sorts recyclables and thinks deeply about the soul of his country, while a Taoist mystic struggles to keep his traditions alive. An entrepreneur capitalizes on a growing car culture by trying to convince people not to buy cars. And a 90-year-old woman remembers how the oldest neighborhoods of her city used to be.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai. He lives in Irvine, California.
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