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to former Canadian Ambassador David Mulroney – it seems that nearly every publication and former diplomat is preoccupied with explaining how the Middle Kingdom has changed and what it means for the world.Most seem to focus on the macro-scale trends – how the country has grown at double-digit rates, asserted its military dominance in Southeast Asia, exploited the world’s resources, and cracked down on political dissidents, among many others.When Evan Osnos first arrived in Beijing as a college student in 1996, China was a different country. "Cameras had failed to convey how much closer it was, in spirit and geography, to the windswept plains of Mongolia than to the neon lights of Hong Kong," Osnos writes of that time in , his new book on modern China. Two years later, Osnos returned for a summer to find that a feverish desire to consume—houses, Cokes, meat—had taken hold. Despite nearly 20 years of economic reforms and opening up to the West, Chinese people still rejected imports like Hollywood and Mc Donald's. Their stories show the tug-of-war being waged between the aspirations of the Chinese people and the authoritarian government's effort to stay in control. The people in this book include famous dissidents, self-made millionaires, and other high-profile Chinese.Osnos did a good job of weaving together the characters and themes that he explores--built around the triad of fortune, truth and faith--capturing the way that prosperity and development co-exist with political dissent and spiritual exploration.
Osnos mentioned that Gong's "medical bills plunged her parents into debt" but failed to explain that, contrary to what some readers might assume, China does not have universal "socialized medicine."Another remarkable story involves a Chinese mother who makes Tiger Moms looks like slackers.
This book covers the breathtaking scope of corruption in China and how it played a role in a deadly crash of a high-speed train in 2011 and in the collapse of schools during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
The public was angered by government attempts to censor details of those disasters.
In her bestselling book "Harvard Girl," Zhang Xinwu documented how she got her daughter into that elite school by toughening her up - having her hold ice cubes, run up stairs and study in noisy locations. Observing the Communist Party Congress, Osnos writes, "The choreography was flawless: every few minutes, a team of young women carrying thermoses of hot water, passed through the rows of VIPS, pouring tea with the precision of synchronized swimmers."Another striver is Li Yang, whose Crazy English program has given him a rock star-like following, with students unleashing their "international muscles" by shouting their lessons.
A promotional blurb for this book says that Evan Osnos “follows the moving, illuminating stories of everyday people” in China. Osnos covered China from 2005-2013, mostly for The New Yorker.“In my research, I gravitated most of all to the strivers – the men and women who were trying to elbow their way from one realm to another, not just in economic terms, but in the matters of politics, ideas, and the spirit,” he explains.