China Candid The People on the People's Republic

ISBN-10: 0520245148
ISBN-13: 9780520245143
Edition: 2006
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Description: Leading Chinese journalist Sang Ye follows his successful book Chinese Lives with this collection of absorbing interviews with twenty-six men, women, and children taking the reader into the complex realities of the People's Republic of China today.  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Leading Chinese journalist Sang Ye follows his successful book Chinese Lives with this collection of absorbing interviews with twenty-six men, women, and children taking the reader into the complex realities of the People's Republic of China today. Through intimate conversations conducted over many years, China Candid provides an alternative history of the nation from its founding as a socialist state in 1949 up to the present. The voices of people who have lived under--and often despite--the Communist Party's rule give a compelling account of life in the maelstrom of China's economic reforms--reforms that are being pursued by a system that remains politically rigid and authoritarian. Artists, politicians, businessmen and -women, former Red Guards, migrant workers, prostitutes, teachers, computer geeks, hustlers, and other citizens of contemporary China all speak with frankness and candor about the realities of the burgeoning power of East Asia, the China that will host the 2008 Olympics. Some discuss the corrosive changes that have been wrought on the professional ethics and attitudes of men and women long nurtured by the socialist state. Others recall chilling encounters with the police, the law courts, labor camps, and the army. Providing unique insight into the minds and hearts of people who have firsthand experience of China's tumultuous history, this book adds invaluable depth and dimension to our understanding of this rapidly changing country.

Sang Ye divides his time between China and Brisbane, Australia. His most recent book is The Year the Dragon Came (1996). Geremie R. Barme is a Professor of Chinese History at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University. He is the author of An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (California, 2002), In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture (1999), and Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Cult of the Great Leader (1996). Miriam Lang is a researcher and translator based at Monash University in Melbourne.

Sang Ye's Conversations with China
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Words and Saliva
Chairman Mao's Ark
A Hero for the Times: A Winner in the Economic Reforms
Chairman Mao's Ark: One of the Floating Population
The Nondissident: A Party Man Betrayed
The Union Rep: A Worker against the Party
The People's Deputy: A Congresswoman
Moonwalking
Looking Ahead: The Founders of a Private Orphanage
Getting Organized: The Parents of a Stolen Child
Shine: A Prodigy
Moonwalking: A Differently Abled Young Woman
Unlevel Playing Field
Consuming Habits: On the Flood of Fakes
Fringe-Dwellers: A Nonofficial Artist
The Computer Bug: The Software Pirate
Unlevel Playing Field: Confessions of an Elite Athlete
Heaven's Narrow Gate
A Life of Sex: Dr Sex
Time as Money: A Shenzhen Hooker
Little Sweetie: A Thoroughly Modern Mistress
Heaven's Narrow Gate: Christians Who Overcame
Mastering New China
An Army on the March: The PLA Means Business
Generating Income: The Reeducation of an English Professor
To the New World: Passport Protection
Mastering New China: A Capitalist with the Party's Characteristics
Down to Earth: Reflections of a Former Red Guard
Just One Party: A Challenge from the Grass Roots
Parting Shot
Beam Me Up: The UFOlogist
Parting Shot: A Beijing Executioner
Days in the Life of the People's Republic
List of Translators
Index

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