China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future

China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future by William A. Callahan

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After celebrating their countrys three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, What comes next? How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe? William A. Callahans China Dreams gives voice to Chinas many different futures by exploring the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals. Stepping outside the narrow politics of officials vs. dissidents, Callahan examines what a third group--citizen intellectuals--think about Chinas future. China Dreams eavesdrops on fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists to see how they describe Chinas different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures. Callahan also examines how the PRCs new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings is creatively questioning The China Model of economic development. The personal stories of these citizen intellectuals illustrate Chinas zeitgeist and a complicated mix of hopes and fears about The Chinese Century, providing a clearer sense of how the PRCs dramatic economic and cultural transitions will affect the rest of the world. China Dreams explores the transnational connections between American and Chinese people, providing a new approach to Sino-American relations. While many assume that 21st century global politics will be a battle of Confucian China vs. the democratic west, Callahan weaves Chinese and American ideals together to describe a new Chimerican dream.
Publication Date:
28 / 03 / 2013

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