China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

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After celebrating their country's three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, qWhat comes next?q How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe? William A. Callahan's China Dreams gives voice to China's many different futures by exploring the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals. Stepping outside the narrow politics of officials vs. dissidents, Callahan examines what a third group--qcitizen intellectualsq--think about China's future. China Dreams eavesdrops on fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists to see how they describe China's different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures. Callahan also examines how the PRC's new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings is creatively questioning qThe China Modelq of economic development. The personal stories of these citizen intellectuals illustrate China's zeitgeist and a complicated mix of hopes and fears about qThe Chinese Century, q providing a clearer sense of how the PRC's dramatic economic and cultural transitions will affect the rest of the world. China Dreams explores the transnational connections between American and Chinese people, providing a new approach to Sino-American relations. While many assume that 21st century global politics will be a battle of Confucian China vs. the democratic west, Callahan weaves Chinese and American ideals together to describe a new qChimerican dream.qThe first two phases are much less attractive: phase one is anarchy, and phase two is a broad ruthless crackdown. ... When the PLA finally marched in to take control of more than 600 key cities, soldiers a€œwere welcomed with open arms by theanbsp;...

Title:China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future
Author:William A. Callahan
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2013-03-28


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