By Angilee Shah,Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom,Pankaj Mishra,Howard French

An artist paints landscapes of far flung areas that she can't determine for you to locate her position within the worldwide financial system. A migrant employee varieties recyclables and thinks deeply in regards to the soul of his nation, whereas a Taoist mystic struggles to maintain his traditions alive. An entrepreneur capitalizes on a starting to be vehicle tradition through attempting to persuade humans to not purchase vehicles. And a 90-year-old girl recollects how the oldest neighborhoods of her urban used to be.

These are the intriguing and saddening, funny and complicated tales of totally traditional people who find themselves residing via China's remarkable changes. The mammoth kind within the lives of those chinese language characters dispels any lingering experience that China has a monolithic inhabitants or is simply a spot the place dissidents struggle Communist get together loyalists and workers create items for millionaires.

Chinese Characters is a set, as Pankaj Mishra writes in his foreword, "to usher in a brand new golden age of journalism a couple of endlessly interesting country." individuals comprise a Pulitzer Prize profitable journalist, a Macarthur Fellow, the China correspondent to an important Indian newspaper, and students whose intensity of figuring out is matched in simple terms by means of the humanity with which they deal with their topics. Their tales jointly create a multi-faceted portrait of a rustic in movement and an advent to a couple of the easiest writing on China today.

With contributions from:

Alec Ash

James Carter

Leslie T. Chang

Xujun Eberlein

Harriet Evans

Anna Greenspan

Peter Hessler

Ian Johnson

Ananth Krishnan

Christina Larson

Michelle Dammon Loyalka

James Millward

Evan Osnos

Jeffrey Prescott

Megan Shank

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