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The Resource China and the American dream : a moral inquiry, Richard Madsen

China and the American dream : a moral inquiry, Richard Madsen

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China and the American dream : a moral inquiry
Title
China and the American dream
Title remainder
a moral inquiry
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Richard Madsen
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Language
eng
Summary
  • From the "Red Menace" to Tiananmen Square, the United States and China have long had an emotionally tumultuous relationship. Richard Madsen's frank and innovative examination of the moral history of U.S.-China relations targets the forces that have shaped this surprisingly strong tie between two strikingly different nations. Combining his expertise as a sinologist with the vision of America developed in Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, Madsen studies the cultural myths that have shaped the perceptions of people of both nations for the past twenty-five years. The dominant American myth about China, born in the 1960s, foresaw Western ideals of economic, intellectual, and political freedom emerging triumphant throughout the world. Nixon's visit to China nurtured this idea, and by the 1980s it was helping to sustain America's hopefulness about its own democratic identity. Meanwhile, Chinese popular culture has focused on the U.S., especially American consumer goods--Coca-Cola was described by the People's Daily as "capitalism concentrated in a bottle." Today we face a new global institutional and cultural environment in which the old myths no longer work for either Americans or Chinese. Madsen provides a framework for us to think about the relationship between democratic ideals and economic/political realities in the post-Cold War world. What he proposes is no less than the foundation for building a public philosophy for the emerging world order
  • From the "Red Menace" to Tiananmen Square, the United States and China have long had an emotionally tumultuous relationship. Richard Madsen's frank and innovative examination of the moral history of U.S.-China relations targets the forces that have shaped this surprisingly strong tie between two strikingly different nations. Combining his expertise as a sinologist with the vision of America developed in Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, Madsen studies the cultural myths that have shaped the perceptions of people of both nations for the past twenty-five years. The dominant American myth about China, born in the 1960s, foresaw Western ideals of economic, intellectual, and political freedom emerging triumphant throughout the world. Nixon's visit to China nurtured this idea, and by the 1980s it was helping to sustain America's hopefulness about its own democratic identity. Meanwhile, Chinese popular culture has focused on the U.S., especially American consumer goods--Coca-Cola was described by the People's Daily as "capitalism concentrated in a bottle." Today we face a new global institutional and cultural environment in which the old myths no longer work for either Americans or Chinese. Madsen provides a framework for us to think about the relationship between democratic ideals and economic/political realities in the post-Cold War world. What he proposes is no less than the foundation for building a public philosophy for the emerging world order
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1941-
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Madsen, Richard
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • China
  • China
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China and the American dream : a moral inquiry, Richard Madsen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-254) and index
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Contents
1. The Moral Challenge of Tiananmen: Shattering a Liberal Myth -- 2. America's China: Creation of a Liberal Myth -- 3. Nixon's China: Propagation of a Liberal Myth -- 4. Hopes and Illusions: The Institutionalization of a Liberal Myth -- 5. Diplomatic Normalization: Moral Challenges to the Liberal Myth -- 6. Missionaries of the American Dream: Putting the Liberal Myth into Practice -- 7. Openness and Emptiness: Chinese Reactions to the Liberal Myth -- 8. Searching for a Dream: Chinese Creations of Their Own Myths -- Conclusion: An East-West Dialogue for the Next Century: New Myths for a New World
Control code
29427739
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780520086135
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1642533
Label
China and the American dream : a moral inquiry, Richard Madsen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Moral Challenge of Tiananmen: Shattering a Liberal Myth -- 2. America's China: Creation of a Liberal Myth -- 3. Nixon's China: Propagation of a Liberal Myth -- 4. Hopes and Illusions: The Institutionalization of a Liberal Myth -- 5. Diplomatic Normalization: Moral Challenges to the Liberal Myth -- 6. Missionaries of the American Dream: Putting the Liberal Myth into Practice -- 7. Openness and Emptiness: Chinese Reactions to the Liberal Myth -- 8. Searching for a Dream: Chinese Creations of Their Own Myths -- Conclusion: An East-West Dialogue for the Next Century: New Myths for a New World
Control code
29427739
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780520086135
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1642533

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