In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian charts the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this dystopian novel is a portrait not of an imagined future, but of China today. Dahai is a military child, netizen, and self-styled loser. Xiaoxiao is a hipster from the freezing north.
Snail is a country boy and Internet gaming addict, and Mia is a fashionista rebel from far west Xinjiang. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty—over what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is searching for new guideposts. Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed.
Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, excel in college, and succeed in careers, as if they were sons. Although many of them feared repercussions, they spoke with stunning candor about their hopes, fears, and struggles, and about what they witnessed: from the Long March to land reform, from Mao to marriage, from revolution to Westernization.
Rapid urbanization has been at the heart of that transformation, and as migrant laborers have left their villages, what has become of the rural communities that were once the center of economic, social, and cultural life? And how do contemporary Chinese scholars understand those changes? These are the questions that this compelling book answers. This book traces changes from the early twentieth century to the present day in family and lineage, social stratification, personal networks, annual and life cycle rituals, village politics, and elite formation.
This important book presents, for the first time in English, analysis by Chinese sociologists on the radical transformation of Chinese rural society. The formation and development of the Chinese people are explored, including their myths of origins, early beginnings, the classical feudal period, and the enduring state and empire of the Middle Kingdom. The portrait that emerges is a disquieting mix of narcissism and insecurity, wounded pride and resentment, a Darwinian worldview and an irredentist resolve to restore China to its former glory.
Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. The Analects Translated by James Legge with an Introduction by Lionel Giles One of the most influential philosophers of all time, and still deeply regarded amongst the Chinese people, his ideology is one which emphasizes the importance of the family, as well as justice, sincerity, and morality in both personal and political matters.
The impact of this work on Eastern philosophy cannot be overstated, as it stands to this day as one of the most important philosophical works from ancient times. Lau Mencius was one of the great philosophers of ancient China, second only in influence to Confucius, whose teachings he defended and expanded. Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history.
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Out of that experience came Red Star Over China, a classic work that remains one of the most important books ever written about the birth of the Communist movement in China. This edition includes extensive notes on military and political developments in China, further interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology covering years of Chinese revolution, and nearly a hundred detailed biographies of the men and women who were instrumental in making China what it is today.
Chinese leaders talked of a future in which American money and technology would help lift China out of poverty. Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.
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Wasserstrom The need to understand this global giant has never been more pressing: China is constantly in the news, yet conflicting impressions abound. Within one generation, China has transformed from an impoverished, repressive state into an economic and political powerhouse. Safeguarded for centuries by the ruling elite of imperial China, even in modern times these writings have been known only to a handful of Western specialists.
This volume contains seven separate essays, written between BCE and CE, that preserve the essential tenets of strategy distilled from the experience of the most brilliant warriors of ancient China. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare.
It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. In , he starred in the comedy-drama Garden State , where he played Mark, the sarcastic best friend to Zach Braff 's character. It wasn't as hard as, say, running around with all my gear on in Jarhead.
I'd rather go for an awkward moment than physical exertion any day. The only thing that I think [male actors] get freaked out about when they have to do something like kiss a guy in a movie—when to their knowledge they're straight—is that they're afraid they're going to be turned on. And if you're not afraid that you're going to be turned on—meaning that you know what you like—then really it's not that hard. In , Sarsgaard starred in the drama The Dying Gaul , where he plays Robert Sandrich, a struggling screenwriter who has written a serious love story about a man and his terminally ill partner.
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Even people with integrity. There's always that temptation to guard against. Which is why it's best to keep as much as possible hidden. Also in , he had supporting roles in the suspense thriller films The Skeleton Key  and Robert Schwentke 's Flightplan. Sarsgaard's next feature was Jarhead , opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Marine Anthony Swofford 's Gulf War memoir of the same name. Video clips were then played of Sarsgaard scaring the SNL cast. In , he starred in supporting roles in Year of the Dog and Rendition. Year of the Dog is a dark comedy about a lonely middle-aged woman, played by Molly Shannon , who finds that animals are the only beings she can truly rely on.
Sarsgaard plays Newt, an androgynous dog trainer, and love interest for Shannon's character. His next film appearance was in the thriller Orphan , where he and Vera Farmiga play a married couple who lose a baby and adopt a nine-year-old girl, who is not as innocent as she claims to be.
In the production, he plays, Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin, a tortured writer who drives a rival to suicide and a young lover to ruin. The production is scheduled to begin in , and Sarsgaard will reunited with Uncle Vanya director Austin Pendleton. Every religion is interested in death, but Catholicism takes it to a particularly high level. That really impressed me as a kid, and it has helped me as an actor. To abandon curiosity in all personalities, good or bad, is to give up hope in humanity.
Among his most notable romantic relationships, Sarsgaard dated burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese  and model and actress Shalom Harlow. Sarsgaard is vegan , but he says he cooks meat for his children.
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