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The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You Paperback – November 10, 2010
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"In a mere two decades China has developed the world's largest middle class. Helen Wang tells that story - and her own - in this wonderfully informative and readable book." --Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, the author of The Future of Power.
"Helen Wang's book represents a powerful contribution to a timely debate about China's role in the world and how changes wrought by her rising middle class will affect us all."
- Lord Wei of Shoreditch, member of House of Lords, United Kingdom
“The growth of China’s middle class rivals the growth of China’s overall economy as a phenomenon with huge implications for the entire world. Whether China will become a more liberal and democratic society, … whether it will develop a spiritual power to match its material influence — these and other questions are Helen Wang’s topic in this fascinating book. It rings true to what I have seen in China and suggests new possibilities.” --James Fallows, National Correspondent of The Atlantic, the author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China.
“… the most insightful voice that accurately captures the China of today – its promise and peril – … have a sense of the country’s past, but an equally vibrant vision for its future.“ -- Asia Times Online
“Helen Wang’s conversations, her reflections and stories, bring to life the hopes and concerns of China’s emerging middle class. An unusual book, very readable and full of insight.” --John Quelch, Professor at Harvard Business School and former Dean of London Business School
“Helen Wang takes us through the world of China’s middle class with riveting personal stories, and shows us how this important demographic will alter the global economy in the years ahead. A must-read for businesses that want to tap into this enormous market.” --Shaun Rein, Founder and Managing Director of China Market Research Group (CMR)
“The Chinese Dream tells one of the most important stories of our time – the rise of the world’s largest middle class. Helen Wang enlightens us with the possibility of ‘unity in diversity’. A comprehensive, and yet easy to read book about modern China.” --Ken Wilcox, Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Bank
“With a fresh look at the development of the new China, Helen Wang offers an engaging, respectfully researched perspective on the world as one entity as she uncovers the importance of communication, cooperation, and collaboration in her eloquent book, The Chinese Dream. A captivating read!” -- Cynthia Brian, New York Times bestselling author, TV/Radio personality/ Founder, Be the Star You Are!®
“The Chinese Dream describes countless possibilities for shared growth, on both national and international levels. For those looking to gain a deeper understanding of modern Chinese society, and those looking to prepare for a new age of globalized collaboration, Helen Wang’s The Chinese Dream is an exciting and timely resource.” -- China Law Blog
“The Chinese Dream… is the best description in layman's terms of the wildly divergent cultures that must set aside mistrust and misunderstanding in the new one-world global economy.” -- The Internet Review of Books
“The Chinese Dream is enlightening for anyone interested not only in the economic importance of the Chinese middle class today, but also of this group’s cultural and political implications for the China of tomorrow.” -- Jing Daily
"Helen Wang's book shows that prosperity and sustainability can go hand in hand. But only if we redefine prosperity for the enormous emerging middle class. Catalyzing this type of sustainable consumerism is what JUCCCE does every day."
- Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, Time Magazine Hero of the Environment
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Wang also explores the impact of the middle class on Chinese society. Mostly university educated and increasingly aware of the outside world, they're spurring a nascent green business movement and a growing interest of religions of all kinds. Whether or not the expansion of the middle class will lead to greater democracy is a question Wang explores with great sensitivity and nuance.
The Chinese Dream by Helen Wang (c 2010, Bestseller Press) is another addition to this necessary and burgeoning genre. Originally from Hangzhou, China, Helen Wang went to graduate school at Stanford, and has lived in the US for over twenty years. She is currently a consultant for companies doing business in China. Writes she, “A recent survey by Pew Research Center indicates that majorities in the United States and Europe consider China’s growing economy a bad thing for their countries. Apprehensions about China’s growing power abound in the West, and they are growing every day.”
Part memoir, part interviews with the rich and famous, and part research, Wang’s 205-page book races us through the past and the present, the rich and the poor, the corrupt and those seeking a better world—in both countries. She reminds us that the United States is an ongoing experiment that until recently enslaved blacks and women. But her main focus is China. Sections include China’s history (chaotic), urban migration (doubled in past 20 years), health care (unstable), materialism (on the rise), the pursuit of religion, and environmental challenges. Interspersed among these alarmingly heavy topics are personal vignettes about the realization of her impossible dream to study in the U.S.Read more ›
How can we reconcile the seeming contradiction of China's need to have more of its GDP coming from consumption and the obvious over the top consumption behavior of certain socio-economic groups? One explanation comes from "The Chinese Dream" written by Helen Wang.
This book is an intensive study of China burgeoning middle class and how it came to be. The bulk of the book is devoted to personal interviews in China, from migrant workers to entrepreneurs, from laid off workers to those that got the jump start by taking over parts of state owned companies in the process of being privatized. By way of examples, the author illustrated that China's private sector "is really neither private nor public" but a peculiar blend of capitalism with Chinese characteristics.
It's not possible to explain the complexity of today's China in any single book, but by her wide-ranging interviews and personal stories along with careful research and extensive footnotes, Ms. Wang has made an important contribution to understanding the attitudes and mindsets of upward and mobile young Chinese.Read more ›
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Helen Wang's book was very informative and made great points about how the Chinese may contribute to the oneness of the world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ariel Pace
Too simple too naive. Not all people/country/culture want the same thing. It is a naive, if not dangerous mindset thinking the whole world shares a common value/vision. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lucky Cub
There are lots of books out now on China. Many are ok, some are good, very few are great. This book is one of the few greats. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by China_Work
Helen Wang's The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means To You is an informative, well-written book about China's growing middle class. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Samir
A good read, very informative. Gives you a rich new perspective on China and its rapidly growing middle class, plus some insight to the nuevo riche.Published on July 30, 2013 by Arcpoint
Helen Wang has written an extremely interesting book. What I liked most was her east-west perspective. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by RCoates
Because this book was written by a native Chinese who immigrated to America for better opportunities, we have a very unbiased perspective on the effects of globalization, with... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by anson
Does Helen Wang's book brings us tidings of great joy this Christmas ?
Helen Wang left her native China 20 years ago to study in America and become an American citizen . Read more