Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China’s future to be found amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral campaign in Taiwan or in the maneuvers by which ordinary residents of Beijing quietly resist the authority of the state?
These are among the questions that Ian Buruma poses in this enlightening and often moving tour of Chinese dissidence. Moving from the quarrelsome exile communities of the U. S. to Singapore and Hong Kong and from persecuted Christians to Internet “hacktivists,” Buruma captures an entire spectrum of opposition to the orthodoxies of the Communist Party. He explores its historical antecedents its conflicting notions of freedom and the paradoxical mix of courage and cussedness that inspires its members. Panoramic and intimate, disturbing and inspiring, Bad Elements is a profound meditation on the themes of national identity and political struggle.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to BeijingUser Review - Spirohir - Goodreads
I liked the concept of Buruma's book chasing the Chinese diaspora around the world, before ending up on the Mainland itself. The chaotic world of dissidents and denunciations makes for depressing ... Read full review
Review: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to BeijingUser Review - Hope - Goodreads
Good, but hard to follow at times. If you find it hard to keep foreign names straight, this will be a challenge. Still, it's intensely insightful and helps for the university students of this time understand what happened in Beijing in the spring of 1989. Read full review