Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China

In Tide Players, acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world s fastest growing economy Zha s vivid cast of characters includes anIn Tide Players, acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world s fastest growing economy Zha s vivid cast of characters includes an unlikely couple who teamed up to become the country s leading real estate moguls a gifted chameleon who transformed himself from Mao s favorite barefoot doctor during the Cultural Revolution to a publishing maverick and a tycoon of home electronic chain stores who insisted on avenging his mother, who had been executed as a counter revolutionary criminal Alongside these entrepreneurs, Zha also brings us the intellectuals a cantankerous professor at China s top university a former cultural minister turned prolific writer and Zha s own brother, a dissident who served a nine year prison term for helping to found the China Democracy Party Deeply engaging, lucid, and poignant, Zha s insightful insider outsider portraits offer a picture of a China that few Western readers have seen before Tide Players is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand today s China.
Tide Players The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China In Tide Players acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanc

  • Title: Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China
  • Author: Jianying Zha
  • ISBN: 9781595586988
  • Page: 390
  • Format: ebook
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    1. (SPOILERS)“Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China” is written by Zha Jian Ying, a Chinese writer who went to the United States to study. , I have read few books that are written by Chinese people in English. Earlier in my life, as a typical Chinese patriot, I have rejected these kind of books since one reason it is written this way, one major reason is that the book contains sensitive speech that is prohibited in China. As my research went on, I found out that the reputation [...]

    2. Like Zha Jianying's earlier book, China Pop, Tide Players is a terrific, nuanced and thoughtful collection of essays that centre on some of the major personalities and cultural phenomenon of China today. Zha, who moves between the two worlds of the US and China (mainly her hometown of Beijing) is a perceptive and thoughtful observer whose best profiles are of people she's known over many years. My favourite chapters in this book are the final two: Enemy of the State, about her dissident brother, [...]

    3. It is easy to make sweeping generalizations about China, and almost all articles and books about it start with them: China's economy is growing by X percent, China is a police state, China is the next hegemony, etc. What is often lost in these books are the men and women who are shaping China. In this short book, Zha profiles several people who are shaping China's economy, culture, and political situation. She looks at how a few moguls made their fortune, writers and dissidents who are sorting o [...]

    4. A good, nuanced account from an elite, 'Beida' insider from a generation that is now largely in power and whose lives and paths were tempered during the exciting and ultimately explosive 80's in China. I just wonder to what degree many of these insiders, whom the author knows well - some alienated in prison staying resolute to ideals that have been transplanted by the general consumerism in China today, or those absorbed by that great rush of commerce over the past two decades - are really the m [...]

    5. Zha's writing is a tad cloying at times, and she uses way too many exclamation points; but it's fascinating to get an "insider's" look at some stories about China from the past decade. I will also say that she seems pretty unscrupulous and she always talks about how much money someone has with barely hidden admiration; she tends to fawn over characters who are probably much more despicable than she makes them out to be.

    6. A very thoughtful exploration of modern-day China and those entrepreneurs and intellectuals who live and breath through the the country's complex social, economic, political, and cultural fabric. Great insight into the culture and development of the country post-Mao. The essay on the author's brother, a political prisoner for 9 years, was especially moving for me.

    7. 1) The reading was going so well, until she had to say "Beida" (her alma mater) was the best university in China, instead of Tsinghua. Book Summarily Dismissed!2) There isn't anything new in this book for someone who has spent even six months in China. No deeper investigations - just an exercise in basic reporting.

    8. An interesting set of portraits, but a bit credulous about the conduct of billionaires in a land of flexible laws. Also displays the nation-straddling semi-liberalism so common among Chines academics, lightly chiding the regime while supporting its view of the country and its prescription for only gradual (and government-managed) change.

    9. Tide Players by Zha Jianying. A great book on the changes of Chinese economy and society. It captures the complexities of modern China with a shrewd microscopic perspective. The common mistakes of sweeping generalization and orientalism are not seen in this book. (Waaaaay better than Mr.Yu Hua's disappointing flop "China in 10 words")

    10. Is it fair to ask for more illuminating opinions beyond all these materials Zha collected from her amazingly broad connections?

    11. Better if you are an insider and China scholar, interested in the messy arcane politics of Chinese intellectuals and dissidents.

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