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Indian Defence Review Jul-Sep 2018 (Vol 33.3)
Indian Defence Review Jul-Sep 2018 (Vol 33.3)
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Challenging China: Struggle and Hope in an Era of Change Rs.795.00/-

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A fascinating portrait of contemporary life inside China, written by dissidents, activists, and journalists--In time for the historic 2008 Olympics, when the world's eyes will be on China.

Interest in China has never been greater, but the voices of the Chinese themselves often escape notice. Here, finally, is a book that reverses the trend by giving us a rare and important portrait of contemporary life within China--"written with style, honesty, and expertise born of intimate and often painful experience"(Ian Buruma). Mixing powerful personal stories with sobering analysis, this revealing book encompasses a broad range of social issues, from underage prostitution to the crackdown on religion. Featuring some of the first-ever eyewitness accounts from Chinese dissidents and their families--including testimony by the relatives of the imprisoned and the executed and descriptions of life in exile--"Challenging China" offers rare glimpses of the country's ongoing political turmoil, as well as hope in the rising collective resistance. By turns moving, illuminating, and outraged, "Challenging China" is a revealing portrait of a country whose internal politics we can no longer afford to ignore.

A fascinating and complex insiders' portrait of contemporary life inside the monolith, written by dissidents, activists, and journalists.

"'"Kill 200,000 for 20 years of stability" is not going to be found in any official transcripts. The officially recorded equivalent, "Stability above all else," appears much more refined, with no taint of bloodshed, but there's not a single person in China who cannot understand its implication.'"--from "Challenging China"

With the U.S./China trade deficit at record levels, interest in the contemporary Chinese experience is keen and growing. But as America contemplates China's growing economic dominance, attention is shifting away from its poor record on human rights and the living conditions of its population.

"Challenging China" gives us a rare and important portrait of contemporary life within China. Mixing personal stories with sober analysis, this revealing book embraces a broad range of social issues, from labor conditions and rural struggles to health and religion. "Challenging China" also offers rare glimpses of the country's social problems, from underage prostitution to the unlikely situation in which, as the authorities continue to arrest and imprison priests and evangelists involved in China's unsanctioned churches, academics have become the social spokesmen for a faith they do not personally profess. Finally, the book includes the first-ever first-hand accounts to come out of China from dissidents and their families--including accounts by the relatives of those imprisoned or executed and descriptions of life in exile. As companies from Microsoft to Wal-Mart open branches in China, "Challenging China" gives a revealing portraitof a country whose internal politics we can no longer afford to ignore.

"Challenging China" includes:

- The story of life beneath the overpass of Beijing's Second Loop where more than two hundred people have taken shelter, having come from all over China to seek justice through petitions to the central authorities

- The account of a dissident Internet essayist who, inspired by the memoir of an exiled Tiananmen veteran, reflects on the experience of exile within his own country

- A glimpse into the efforts and frustrations of a domestic NGO dedicated to addressing China's AIDS tragedy, and to keeping the outside world informed, by Ha Jin, director of the Beijing Aizhixing Institute

Author: Ed. Sharon Hom and Stacy Mosher
ISBN: 9781595584168
Pages: 313
Features: Paperback, Spr
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 07 October, 2011.
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