Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You’ve Heard About China is Wrong
January 14, 2014
We think we know China. The world’s most venerable and self-confident civilisation, home to the largest unified race of people on the planet, China manufactures the objects that fill our lives. We see a country peopled by docile and determined factory workers, domineering ‘Tiger Mothers’ obsessed with education and achievement, and a society that has put the accumulation of wealth above political freedom. Above all, we see a superpower on the rise, destined to overtake the West and to dominate the 21st century. But how accurate is this picture? What if, as Ben Chu argues in his new book, we are all engaged in a grand game of Chinese Whispers, in which the facts have become more and more distorted in the telling?
Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You’ve Heard About China is Wrong, by Ben Chu. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013. 278 p. ISBN 9780297868453 (pbk.)
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