"The Chinese and foreign contributors to this book provide a nuanced, clear analysis of the fluid relationship among the Communist Party, the media, and the public."--Foreign Affairs
"Susan Shirk has been at the forefront of Western academics explaining the constant changes and contradictions inside China. This collection sheds very useful light on one of the most important--and sometimes most contradictory--of those changes: the evolution of the Chinese media as a tool for addressing the problems created by China's nonstop economic growth. This is a varied and stimulating range of views."--James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square
"Contemporary China is best understood by those capable of embracing contradictions. Nowhere is this more necessary than in understanding Chinese media today. Some aspects of it are more open and flexible than ever; others have become even more rigidly controlled. In Changing Media, Changing China, Susan Shirk has gathered together a thoughtful array of essays that will help readers grasp the paradox of dynamic openness and retrograde Leninist control being played out across China in a truly fascinating manner." --Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society
"In her edited volume "Changing Media, Changing China" Susan Shirk gives us a rich and in-depth panorama of the previously understudied realms of China's media policies. This book will be a real boon to the student of modern China." --Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China
"Free from academic jargon and providing ample historical and institutional background information, the book is highly accessible as intelligent reading for those who are not China-watching specialists. Students of Chinese studies, particularly of the media, will find the multiple cases documented in the book a useful resource." --China Review International
About the Author
Susan L. Shirk is Director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Professor at University of California, San Diego. A leading authority on China, she has written numerous books and articles on the subject, including China: Fragile Superpower and pieces that have appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.