Chinese Whispers: Why Everything Youve Heard About China is Wrong Ben Chu

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Chinese Whispers: Why Everything Youve Heard About China is Wrong  by  Ben Chu

Chinese Whispers: Why Everything Youve Heard About China is Wrong by Ben Chu
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We think we know China. The worlds most venerable and self-confident civilisation, home to the largest unified race of people on the planet, China manufactures the objects that fill our lives. We see a country peopled by docile and determinedMoreWe think we know China. The worlds most venerable and self-confident civilisation, home to the largest unified race of people on the planet, China manufactures the objects that fill our lives.

We see a country peopled by docile and determined factory workers, domineering Tiger Mothers obsessed with education and achievement, and a society that has put the accumulation of wealth above political freedom. Above all, we see a superpower on the rise, destined to overtake the West and to dominate the 21st century. But how accurate is this picture? What if, as Ben Chu argues, we are all engaged in a grand game of Chinese Whispers, in which the facts have become more and more distorted in the telling? We have been getting China and the Chinese wrong for centuries.

From the Enlightenment philosophes, enraptured by what they imagined to be a kingdom of reason, to the Victorians who derided the flowery empire, outsiders have long projected their own dreams and nightmares onto this vast country. With Chinas economic resurgence today, many have fallen once more under the spell of this glittering new global hegemon, while others foretell terrible danger in Chinas return to the centre of the world stage. CHINESE WHISPERS tugs aside this age-old curtain of distortion in a powerful counterblast to modern assumptions about China.

By examining the central myths, or whispers, that have come to dominate our view of China, Ben Chu forces us to question everything we thought we knew about worlds most populous nation. The result is a surprising, penetrating insight into modern China.



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