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Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China Hardcover – Mar 29 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595586202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595586209
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Bei Jiang on June 11 2013
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it's in excellent condition. I am happy of my choice. this is one of the best books I have read this year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of today's China from a bilingual, binational angle July 23 2011
By S. J. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just how bad is much of today's construction in China? So bad Chinese have their own term: "tofu dreg."

How bad is real estate "flipping"? They have their own term: "Stir fry building."

How much do thoughtful Chinese recognize the perils of trying to comment on these issues, reform their universities, and develop arts and literature in what is still a one-party state with growing economic inbalances? Very much.

And, in "Tide Players," Jianying Zha explains the details of all of that and more. With extensive time and academic study spent in the U.S. and U.K. as well as China, she has a good perspective, especially in analyzing the ambivalent feelings many Chinese have toward "sea turtles" that have spent extensive time abroad before returning home.

On issues of Chinese politics, she has a great deal of insight, beginning with the fact that her half-brother recently completed a nine-year prison term as a political dissident.

In an epilogue, she addresses questions of China's future, again from this same binational perspective.

That said, she's a bit more optimistic on China's future than I am. She largely ignores issues of pollution, resource consumption, and the rapid graying/demographic bell curve that lies in China's future. She also seems to skip over questions of just how much political reform will happen in China and how soon. And, speaking of pollution and resource consumption, it would have been nice to see a Chinese environmentalist among the "tide players."

The book is still a 5-star, though, for all the issues she covers before the epilogue.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
China's 'New' Entrepreneurs Aug. 9 2011
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Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book by a brave and adventuresome woman from China who has lived in several U.S. cities, the UK and who has 'bounced' between them and China. This book is a collection of Zha's writings about the lives of several people in China who have been extremely successful despite impossibly poor beginnings.

Along the way, she describes some of the attitudes and beliefs of today's Chinese citizens struggling daily to make the transiton to modern Chinese life.

To me, this little book mirrors, in a way, a book that could have been written about a boisterous, often messy, complex young America and some of the people who made her great."
A truly insightful book and highly recommend it! Nov. 24 2013
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I've read many books on modern China, and this book is definitely among the best. The author gives candid yet nuanced accounts of several representative characters who have been shaped by and are also shaping China's recent development. The narrative goes much deeper than your average newspaper reporting to reveal the complex baggage and measured optimism of China and the Chinese people. A truly insightful book and highly recommend it!
Interesting Oct. 18 2013
By Eileen Eastman - Published on Amazon.com
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It was fascinating reading how the various people covered were propelled to start on their path to success: the methods they used and the areas chosen. In a way their success is an illustration of how hard work, determination, perseverance and luck all played their part in their success.
En lighting of China late history Dec 24 2012
By Juan Pablo Errazuriz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Never have hear or seen more claryfiing insight view of modern China I really would encourage all readers to look inside this magnificent book

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