Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China Paperback – December 30, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Fallows (Blind into Baghdad) offers a candid outsiders take on contemporary China in this entertaining and richly illustrated investigation of what distinguishes China from other Asian nations and what causes the dissonance between how China sees itself and how it is viewed by the rest of the world, particularly the U.S. The authors range is admirably broad—he takes on Chinese reality television, school systems, incisive economic analysis—and uncovers a raft of surprising similarities between the East and West. Fallows compares Shenzhen—the manufacturing and migration capital of southern China—to New York, where once youve left the airport and stashed your suitcase, its difficult to tell if youre a tourist or a native. In the gambling mecca of Macau (whose revenues recently exceeded those of Las Vegas), the author finds strains of Atlantic City. What Fallows lacks in expertise, he makes up for in a truly global vision and a magicians chest of social, economic and political insight. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, lived in Asia for a period in the 1980s, visiting China occasionally. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he and his wife moved there, and he was able to witness firsthand the changes that brought China from a nation of drabness and conformity to an emerging economy and international financial power player. He was there as China prepared for the Olympics, facing international scrutiny of everything from its repressive politics to its polluted environment. He was also there as the nation coped with a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province. In this series of articles, Fallows reports on interesting trends and personalities in China—ambitious entrepreneurs and the rise in popularity of reality shows on state-run television. Despite the Western view of a powerful, single-minded China, Fallows presents a portrait of a huge and complex nation with such a vast range of ages and regional, geographic, and cultural differences that it defies simple definition. --Vanessa Bush
Top customer reviews
What separates Mr. Fallows work from so many other essayists on China (many of them excellent as well) is his detailed and insightful reporting providing context for his observations. If you are traveling to China this book will help prepare you for the China of the 21st century - especially if you've never been or if has been a long time since you have visited China.
This book belongs on your China shelf besides other classics such River Town, The Last Days of Old Beijing, Mr. China and The Search for Modern China.
My ONLY complaint (as well as quite a few of my peers) is that it jumps around a lot. The book is divided into chapters/subjects that don't really flow with one another, but within those topics Fallows tended to be pretty consistent.
The author, James Fallows, provides contemporary factual data in the context of humanistic stories of the attempts at modernization and its new semi-capitailsitic economy. He describes China as "simultaneously so controlled and so out of control."
Unlike most contemporrary China-related books read this spring, Fallows work provides a face to the Chinese people from rural to urban areas through their ties to the land or the basic human needs found in each environment. Residing in a region of the United States where coal mining is the basis of the local economy, the death toll of the Chinese mining industry is staggering!
The current and future political, economic and cultural relationship between the United States and China is a repeating theme throughout the book. This theme is probably, to me any way, the most essential element of envisioning the future.
The work earned four stars on content, one star short based simply on the itroductory chapters were not illuminating. All and all, I am glad to have Fallows book in my new China library. It added and reinforced my growing knowledge of the emerging or would-be superpower.