The Poverty Curtain: Choices for the Third World

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Columbia University Press, 1976 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
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From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small-town Taiwan. Huang is frequently cited as one of the most original and gifted storytellers in the Chinese language, and these selections reveal his genius.

In "The Two Sign Painters," TV reporters ambush two young workers from the country taking a break atop a twenty-four-story building. "His Son's Big Doll" introduces the tortured soul inside a walking advertisement, and in "Xiaoqi's Cap" a dissatisfied pressure-cooker salesman is fascinated by a young schoolgirl.

Huang's characters--generally the uneducated and disadvantaged who must cope with assaults on their traditionalism, hostility from their urban brethren and, of course, the debilitating effects of poverty--come to life in all their human uniqueness, free from idealization.

  

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Contents

NEW DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
1
Seven Sins of Development Planners
12
New Perspectives on Development
27
International Aspects of New Development Strategies
48
Toward a Direct Attack on Mass Poverty
59
MYTHS AND REALITY
77
Global Limits to Growth?
88
The Environmental Threat
106
PART 3 A NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER
137
A Lingering Look at the Old Economic Order
153
A New Framework for International Resource Transfers
204
Statistical Appendix
221
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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