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Estern pop culture consider themselves angry youth dedicated to resisting the West's influence How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth Epubtwo decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism in which only of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth Epubone can prevai. An interesting look at contemporary China by a journalist who has spent over a decade living there Documents the cultural changes of a country in great flux and tells the story of national changes through individual narratives I was especially taken with the stories of educated young Chinese nationalists reviving traditional Eastern thought and insisting on a uniue place for China in the world aloof from blind Westernization This was interesting in the suggestion that Third Worldism is still an animating force for many Chinese behind the market driven consumerism projected to the outside worldOne of my favourite subjects is the upheaval of China's Cultural Revolution during Mao's time and while this is very much a book about the present moment those events still reverberate Chinese history and culture was mostly wiped clean and people are only beginning to try and rediscover it Moreover they are being forced to develop a new morality to cope with their present moment and to fill the spiritual void created by the national ideology of production and consumption mixed with obviously discredited paeans to socialismWell written even humorous at times offers a good window into the hopes and aspirations of contemporary Chinese people especially young strivers who are wholly a product of this age

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Age of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New ChinaFrom abroad we often Ambition Chasing Kindle #208 see China as a caricature a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy or an addled Goliath riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker Evan Osnos was on the ground in China Age of Epubfor years witness to profound politi. Shenzhen landslide December 2015 Tianjin explosion August 2015 Oriental Star Cruise Ship Disaster June 2015There are a lot of China books out there As China is a constantly changing country I'm sometimes frustrated by how uickly outdated books become However if I had to recommend one book to a person who is interested to learn about contemporary China I think Osnos' Age of Ambition is the perfect recommendation He hits the nail about the Party and the stories he collected from the people he interviewed are a realistic reflection of what is happening in China right now He did a wonderful job weaving the stories together and I thought it was brilliant how he managed to divide the books into three themes; fortune truth and faith I'm not going to write about the characters he interviewed do yourself a favor and read about them yourselvesFavorite uotes The longer I lived in China the it seemed that people had come to see the economic boom as a train with a limited number of seats For those who found a seat because they arrived early they had the right family they paid the right bribe progress was beyond their imagination Everyone else could run as far and fast as their legs would carry them but they would only be able to watch the caboose shrink into the distanceIn its abuses and deceptions the Chinese government was failing to make a persuasive argument for what it meant to be Chinese in the modern world The Party had rested its legitimacy on prosperity stability and a pantheon of hollow heroes In doing so it had disarmed itself in the battle for the soul and it sent Chinese individuals out to wander the market of ideas in search of icons of their own

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Age of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New China Review ã 102 ↠ [BOOKS] ✯ Age of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New China Author Evan Osnos – From abroad we often see China as a caricature a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicCal economic and cultural upheaval In Age of Ambition he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control He asks probing uestions Why does a government with success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression Why do millions of young Chinese of Ambition Chasing eBook #10003 professionals fluent in English and devoted to W. I don’t think anyone could argue that Evan Osnos wasn’t ambitious in this his National Book Award winning compendium of current Chinese political culture Subtitled Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New China this book extends and expands essays he’d already published in The New Yorker magazine and gives outsiders a glimpse into the confusion and mad exciting reality that is China todayOsnos covers a lot of ground and at the risk of appearing to be a ping pong ball in the hands of a giant he patiently and persistently over a period of years pursues big uestions about what China culture is and is becoming We can extrapolate from his work to consider what change in China means to us around the world I admit to exhaustion when contemplating China’s development because of its overwhelmingly big populous and uncontrollable aspects But one thing is sure ordinary Chinese people have a kind of “get ahead” entrepreneurial mentality that swamps the vitality of ordinary American life The distance from their basic living starting point and ours is so great that their desperate energy is going to be the propulsion for societies around the globe We can’t keep pace but we can gain in their slipstreamOsnos makes reporting in China look easy even when it clearly is not even now The state has loosened its grip a little but there is still the possibility of community or state backlash on individuals that speak to him openly Those people are courageous souls Osnos managed to corral the size and scope of his story to a manageable level and yet was able to give us an idea of the great energy being unleashed among the populace and the Chinese government’s pride and fear I am currently reading about the North Korean regime in Pyongyang A Kim Jong Il Production The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker His Star Actress and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by Paul Fischer and so the Chinese government looks far less effective and controlling by comparison But the richness of Osnos’s life in China comes through I especially liked the reportage in the Epilogue that shows from several long term studies over two decades no evidence that the Chinese people are on average any happier If anything they are less satisfied than in 1990 and the burden of decreasing satisfaction has fallen hardest on the bottom third of the population in wealth Satisfaction among Chinese in even the upper third has risen only moderately Overall they found economic growth is not enough; job security and a social safety net are also crtitical to people's happiness Ah Well both Chinese and American officials could learn something from this This book won the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction