Evening Chats in Beijing: Probing China's Predicament

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1993 - History - 321 pages
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Chinese intellectuals have a traditional duty, for which there is no equivalent in the West: to worry, to "take responsibility for all under heaven," to argue the question "What can we do with China?" The Spring 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square climaxed a year of animated, despairing, idealistic worry--a year in which writers, journalists, scientists, professors, and reformist officials were able to gather in private to trade views on the corruption permeating.
 

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EVENING CHATS IN BEIJING: Probing China's Predicament

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Beautifully conceived and reported collection of musings by Chinese intellectuals, expertly stitched together by Link (Chinese Literature/Princeton). These conversations catch Chinese academics ... Read full review

Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua]: probing China's predicament

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Unlike most of their Western counterparts, Chinese intellectuals actually count for something in politics. In 1988-89, Link, a distinguished scholar of Chinese literature, served as an academic ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
One SOCIAL WORLD
51
Two LIVELIHOOD
90
Three HISTORY
123
LANGUAGE AND IDEOLOGY
173
Five IDENTITY WITHIN GROUPS
213
Six RESPONSIBILITY
249
AFTERWORD
291
INDEX
309
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