An intimate and profoundly human portrait of a society living in extraordinary times. Welcome to the new China, a nation in motion--where entire streets are rebuilt in a week, car ownership is soaring, rural workers migrate to the cities in search of a better life, and education is privatized for the first time in decades. But some feel that China is moving too fast. Since Deng Xiaoping announced in the 1980's that China would have to "let some of the people get rich first," economic reforms and social transformation have swept through the country at lightening speed.
But while many have benefited from this ideological agenda, others are struggling to keep up in what is now one of the most divided societies on earth. Is it possible for this new China to reconcile an ancient past with dreams of modernization and globalization? Newsweek journalist Duncan Hewitt, who lives in Shanghai and has witnessed first hand the impact and speed of these vast upheavals, has written a timely and illuminating book that speaks with the voices of everyday people as they confront an ever-changing reality. 16 color illustrations.
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