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Should be required reading for all Westerners!
on December 15, 2011
Being an AsianAm married to a Chinese immigrant, it's hard to describe to Westerns how different the culture in China is. But without understanding China, it will hobble us, both individually and as a country, when we try to make them fit into our Western-centric viewpoint.
Kynge's got impeccable credentials as a Sinologist and is one of the few who truly seems to understand how China's history both invigorates and hobbles them in the 21st century. Despite this book being six years old, it remains relevant and fair in its viewpoint.
China is its own worst enemy, and with it so prominent on the global scene - financially, politically, militarily - Kynge's book goes a long way towards making this giant, unwieldy, complex country more understandable to Westerns. In view of the 12/14/2011 NYTimes story on the Wukan village uprising against local authority corruption, "China Shakes the World" proves itself to still be an essential read even now.
This book should be required reading for ALL Washington politicians...well, assuming they can actually read, which sometimes we all must doubt.