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China today ... and tomorrow
on February 18, 2013
Urbanization is a huge trend that's transforming China. The unique Chinese cityscape is the result of many factors - economic, social, and (especially) political. This book demystifies what's going on.
The contents are well balanced between an introduction of general trends and case studies of particular cities or urban dwellers - these case studies make the general observations seem much more concrete and immediate.
The discussion on why Chinese cities are so ugly and unpleasant is especially good. Instead of just rolling out the usual expat complaints, the author explains the larger forces which have created such terrible urban models. That part alone is worth the price of the book.
My only major criticism would be that the book seems repetitive in places. The author goes on and on about hukou and the problems of migrants in several chapters - I felt that some sections seemed like a rehash of what he had written in earlier chapters.