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Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land #2020

Chinese Characters Profiles of Fast Changing Lives in a Fast Changing Land An artist paints landscapes of faraway places that she cannot identify in order to find her place in the global economy A migrant worker sorts recyclables and thinks deeply about the soul of his count

  • Title: Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land
  • Author: Angilee Shah Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom Pankaj Mishra IanJohnson Xujun Eberlein
  • ISBN: 9780520270268
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land By Angilee Shah Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom Pankaj Mishra IanJohnson Xujun Eberlein, An artist paints landscapes of faraway places that she cannot identify in order to find her place in the global economy 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 An artist paints landscapes of faraway places that she cannot identify in order to find her place in the global economy 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.These are the exciting and saddening, humorous and confusing stories of utterly ordinary people who are living through China s extraordinary transformations The immense variety in the lives of these Chinese characters dispels any lingering sense that China has a monolithic population or is just a place where dissidents fight Communist Party loyalists and laborers create goods for millionaires.Chinese Characters is a collection, as Pankaj Mishra writes in his foreword, to herald a new golden age of journalism about a ceaselessly fascinating country Contributors include a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a Macarthur Fellow, the China correspondent to a major Indian newspaper, and scholars whose depth of understanding is matched only by the humanity with which they treat their subjects Their stories together create a multi faceted portrait of a country in motion and an introduction to some of the best writing on China today.With contributions from Alec AshJames CarterLeslie T ChangXujun EberleinHarriet EvansAnna GreenspanPeter HesslerIan JohnsonAnanth KrishnanChristina LarsonMichelle Dammon LoyalkaJames MillwardEvan OsnosJeffrey PrescottMegan Shank

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    1. The essay by Pete Hessler alone is worth the price of admission, but there are a few other excellent reports in this collection including the opener by Ian Johnson, one about an environmental engineer setting out to gather data on the impact of China s plans to divert water from south to north, and the last trio of essays, which make for a strong finish Like other reviewers my attention flagged at some points I suspect this is because a broad selection is presented here the fifteen essays are cl [...]

    2. Excellent book It consists of 15 profiles of ordinary Chinese people written by Western journalists living in the country I especially liked the ones about old Lady Gao, Yong Ying s Odyssey, several about education and Painting the Outside World about a young woman who copies American photos for export and her ideas as to what she s painting while the author discovers that many are of Park City, UT and when telling some of the residents about this, they have nearly the same reactions as the youn [...]

    3. This was very good I especially enjoyed the essays about education, and the one about painting, though all had something to offer One point in the essay about education, Greenspan asserts that Chinese is pictographic It is not It is syllabographic.

    4. An excellent look at what s happening in China through the lens of interesting people who don t typically make the news.

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