Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 12, 2002 - Political Science - 400 pages
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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.

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A global look at the movements, great and small, that keep the Central Committee awake at night.China, writes Buruma (The Missionary and the Libertine, 2000, etc.), is a nation of walls: the Great ... Read full review

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After the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations and bloodshed in Beijing, Chinese dissidents dispersed, either going underground in China or escaping to the United States, Europe, or other parts of Asia ... Read full review

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Ian Buruma studied Chinese in the Netherlands and cinema in Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in God's Dust, Behind the Mask, and The Missonary and the Libertine.  He has also written Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, and Anglomania. Buruma lives in London and writes for The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine, as well as other publications.

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