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Restless China

Perry Link

Published March 8th 2013
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Kindle Edition
298 pages
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The collapse of socialist ideals in China, which began more than four decades ago, has left Chinese citizens groping for the identity and shared ethical framework that form the essential foundation for civil society. The problem of moral drift hasMoreThe collapse of socialist ideals in China, which began more than four decades ago, has left Chinese citizens groping for the identity and shared ethical framework that form the essential foundation for civil society. The problem of moral drift has been complicated in recent years by the rise of China on the world scene. The country s sustained economic growth, the spread of its influence in world trade and diplomacy, the ostentation of the Beijing Olympics and the like, have only sharpened questions like Who are we, really? and What do we really believe in? For many among China s non-elite, the spectacular new wealth and power of the party-state and fast-track entrepreneurs have led to frustration, anxiety, and even an inchoate rage over questions of why some people are blocked in their pursuit of happiness while others seem not to be. Aware of such popular resentment, government leaders spend much time and money maintaining stability, and on the whole succeed. But the effort leaves them, like the people whom they rule, nervous and insecure. Exploring the question of what it is to be Chinese in the contemporary era, this unique and engaging book follows this central issue through an innovative set of case studies on such cutting-edge and unexpected topics as reality dating shows, countercultural invented language, star bloggers, faith healers, and subversive jokes.