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The Resource Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua] : probing China's predicament, Perry Link

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

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Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua] : probing China's predicament
Title
Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua]
Title remainder
probing China's predicament
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Perry Link
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 Chinese society, the tyranny of the work-unit system, the political repression exercised by the Communist party. This pastime of "chatting" often turned to questions of responsibility: should one resist? how? comply? how? follow an independent path? flee the country? In Evening Chats in Beijing, Perry Link takes us behind the closed doors and official language of the party's China and into the lives and thoughts of China's leading hand the despair of lives cornered by oppressive party rule as well as the hope that continues to animate these heirs to China's rich cultural traditions. Link shows us the intricate cruelties and corruptions of the work-unit system, which lies at the heart of party power in China's cities. He exposes the "official" language that is the medium for all public communications, and the divide between this and the informal language Chinese use in their private relations. He explores the identity crisis experienced by Chinese who struggle to find some alternative to the party's prescription for what it means to be Chinese in the modern world. The title of this book pays homage to a courageous intellectual, Deng Tuo. For his criticisms of Mao Zedong, Deng was hounded by the party to suicide. Readers will find the courage, insight, and wry humor of Deng Tuo resonating in the voices of Evening Chats in Beijing
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1944-
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Link, E. Perry
Index
index present
LC call number
DS779.23
LC item number
.L57 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • China
  • China
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Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua] : probing China's predicament, Perry Link
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Publication
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Parallel title in Chinese characters
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Liu Binyan -- 1. Social World. Corruption. The Work-Unit System. Money First, Education Last. Repression -- 2. Livelihood. Daily Life. Financial Squeeze. Housing Pinch. Morale. Public Incivility. No Way Out -- 3. History. May Fourth. "Peasant Consciousness" The Campaigns of the 1950s. The Revelations of Dai Qing. The Cultural Revolution. The Reforms of the 1980s. The Course of Twentieth-Century Chinese History. Historical Parallels. The Problem of Pessimism -- 4. Identity: Language and Ideology. Living with the Official Language. The Search for an Ideology. Patriotism -- 5. Identity Within Groups. Identity with the State. Identity with Other Groups. Individualism. Four Generations. The Returned Student -- 6. Responsibility. The Worrying Mentality. The Responsibility of Expression: Two Traps. The Problem of "Knowledge for Use" New Definitions of Responsibility. Advancing Democracy. The Debate over New Authoritarianism
Control code
24378821
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 321 pages
Isbn
9780393030525
Lccn
91029724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)936071
Label
Evening chats in Beijing = [Pei-ching yeh hua] : probing China's predicament, Perry Link
Publication
Note
Parallel title in Chinese characters
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Foreword / Liu Binyan -- 1. Social World. Corruption. The Work-Unit System. Money First, Education Last. Repression -- 2. Livelihood. Daily Life. Financial Squeeze. Housing Pinch. Morale. Public Incivility. No Way Out -- 3. History. May Fourth. "Peasant Consciousness" The Campaigns of the 1950s. The Revelations of Dai Qing. The Cultural Revolution. The Reforms of the 1980s. The Course of Twentieth-Century Chinese History. Historical Parallels. The Problem of Pessimism -- 4. Identity: Language and Ideology. Living with the Official Language. The Search for an Ideology. Patriotism -- 5. Identity Within Groups. Identity with the State. Identity with Other Groups. Individualism. Four Generations. The Returned Student -- 6. Responsibility. The Worrying Mentality. The Responsibility of Expression: Two Traps. The Problem of "Knowledge for Use" New Definitions of Responsibility. Advancing Democracy. The Debate over New Authoritarianism
Control code
24378821
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 321 pages
Isbn
9780393030525
Lccn
91029724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)936071

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