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China's Brave New World : And Other Tales for Global Times - Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

China's Brave New World

And Other Tales for Global Times

Paperback Published: 22nd May 2007
ISBN: 9780253219084
Number Of Pages: 240

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If 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.

"This book provides a powerful lens for outsiders to understand a globalizing China and a unique mirror for the Chinese to reflect on their own society in a global context." Yunxiang Yan, author of Private Life Under Socialism

Foreword: Beyond Marx, Lenin, and Maop. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Adventures in China-Watching
Burgers, Beepers, and Bowling Alleysp. 3
Mr. Mao Ringtonesp. 13
All the Coffee in Chinap. 20
The Generalissimo Would Not Be Amusedp. 28
The Inscrutable West
Searching the Stars for Emily Hahnp. 41
Traveling with Twainp. 48
Around the World with Grant and Lip. 60
The Time Machine of Tippecanoe Countyp. 72
Turn-of-the-Century Flashbacks
Mixed Emotions: China in 1999p. 81
Karl Gets a New Cap: Budapest in 2000p. 101
Patriotism in Public Life: The United States in 2001p. 110
A San Francisco of the East: Hong Kong in 2002p. 116
The Tomorrowland Diaries
China's Brave New Worldp. 125
Chicago in an Age of Illusionsp. 133
Why Go Anywhere?p. 144
Faster than a Speeding Bullet Trainp. 173
Afterword: Rhymes for Our Timesp. 186
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Bibliography of Works Discussedp. 201
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780253219084
ISBN-10: 0253219086
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22nd May 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36