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A timorous, labored look at contemporary China
on July 20, 2016
Why are Northern Chinese so infatuated with academic degrees and professional standing? In the introduction to this book (which is the only original content) the author devotes almost all of her time relating in tiresome detail, her academic achievements and meager publishing history.
The main part of the book consists of a reader's digest sort of sketch of several rich people in China. The author seems to share the contemporary chinese obsession with great wealth. Where each fatcat stands on the national tote board seems to be a matter of some interest to the author.
The author relates the amazing fact that these successful people started out poor. Given that pretty much everyone in China 50 years ago was struggling, the astonishment with which that relevation is received is bound to be somewhat muted.
The prose of the book is competent but lifeless. It feels like the purpose of the book was more the sheer fact of its publication than a desire to say anything new or interesting.