China Beyond the Headlines

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Timothy B. Weston, Lionel M. Jensen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - History - 366 pages
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This unique book takes the reader Obeyond the headlinesO to explore a China few Westerners have seen. The authors argue that the great gap between what specialists understand and the general public believes has led to distorted and potentially dangerous misunderstandings of China. Seeking to bridge that gap, a group of prominent scholars and activists challenge readers to move past the usual images of China presented by the media and to think about the common problems shared by China and the United States. In a morally engaged spirit, they explore such issues as environmental degradation, unemployment, growing inequality, ethnicity, human rights, corruption, and changing images of women to bring to life the fabric of contemporary Chinese life and how it twines around the political consciousness of Americans.
 

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Contents

Big Bad China and the Good Chinese An American Fairy Tale
13
Everyones a Player but the Nations a Loser Corruption in Contemporary China
37
Chinas Many Faces Ethnic Cultural and Religious Pluralism
69
Promoting Human Rights in China An Activists Perspective
97
Chinas Road to a Democratic Society Perils and Prospects
113
Beyond Exceptionalism Chinas Intellectuals from Tragic Heroes to US Allies
121
Identity and Diversity The Complexities and Contradictions of Chinese Nationalism
147
Chinas New Economic Reforms Replacing Iron Rice Bowls with Plastic Cups
171
Marketing Femininity Images of the Modern Chinese Woman
217
Chinas Labor Woes Will the Workers Crash the Party?
245
Reading OutofPrint Popular Culture and Protest on Chinas Western Frontier
273
Chinas Market Reforms Whose Human Rights Problem?
295
Border Crossings Chinese Writing in Their World and Ours
327
EXTRA Headlines Obscure the Full Story
347
Index
355
About the Editors and Contributors
363

Below the Fold
193
Development and Destruction The Dimensions of Chinas Environmental Challenge
195

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Page xvii - ... remembering distinctly that it was an acquired one. I can call to mind the first play and the first exhibition that I was taken to ; but I am not conscious of a time when china jars and saucers were introduced into my imagination. I had no repugnance then (why should I now have?) to those little, lawless, azure-tinctured grotesques, that under the notion of men and women float about, uncircumscribed by any element, in that world before perspective — a china tea-cup.

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Timothy B. Weston is associate professor of history, University of Colorado at Boulder. Lionel M. Jensen is associate professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.

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