The Chinese

The Chinese

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The Chinese explores the impact that a quarter-century of economic reform has had upon the Chinese people, offering an insider's look at the issues which affect and shape China today, such as poverty, tax issues, agriculture, the roles of the army and the Communist party. In short, this book challenges the notion that China's economy is under control and has no widespread or long-term consequences for its people. Having been a reporter in China since the 1980's, Jasper Becker has written this book from the viewpoint of its people, not the government or from an outsider's more

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  • Paperback | 493 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, maps, portraits
  • 0195149408
  • 9780195149401
  • 1,180,128

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"The best available intruduction to China for tourists, business executives and anyone else curious about the country.... What gives Becker's book particular value is that it evaluates China on its own terms. The book doesn't start with outsiders' preconceptions or abstractions, like capitalism and communism."--Jim Mann, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Highly engaging."--Arrow Augerot, The Washington Times "A superb book for anyone who wants to be updated on contemporary China."--Foreign Affairs "Becker is particularly well suited to write this account, having spent more than a decade reporting from China's sprawling cities and its remotest hinterlands.... Whether it is a loutish police officer in a Hunan brothel or an impoverished peasant in the southwest, Becker shows most people are ready to speak the truth. Their voices go a long way toward mapping out the challenges that lie ahead."--Dexter Roberts, Business Week "In this ambitious work, Becker, a veteran chronicler of China, explores the impact that a quarter-century of economic reform has had upon the Chinese people.... He succeeds admirably."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)show more

About Jasper Becker

Jasper Becker was the resident correspondent in China for the Manchester Guardian from 1985 to 1990. He has since reported on Chinese affairs for BBC World Service, as well as for the Economist, and is now Beijing Bureau Chief for the South China Morning Post. His book Hungry Ghosts: Mao's SecretFamine was the winner of the Dutch PIOOM award for human more

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3 40% (32)
2 9% (7)
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