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The China Questions: Critical Insights Into a Rising Power

The China Questions: Critical Insights Into a Rising Power

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  • Jennifer Rudolph
  • Harvard University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780674237520
  • 8.2 X 5.5 X 1 inches
  • 1 pounds
  • Political Science > World - Asian
  • English
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Cuts through the cacophony of information, misinformation, and nonsense on China that circulates in our modern world to give us reliable answers to crucial questions... Should be on the shelf of anyone seeking to understand this fast-rising superpower.
--Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China

After years of isolation, China is now center stage as an economic and global power, but its rise has triggered wildly divergent views. Is it a model of business efficiency or a threat to American prosperity and security? Thirty-six of the world's leading China experts from Harvard University's renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies answer key questions about this new superpower, distilling a lifetime of scholarship into short and accessible essays about Chinese politics, culture, history, economy, approach to the environment, and foreign policy. Their contributions provide essential insight into the challenges China faces, the aspirations of its people and leaders, its business climate, and the consequences of its meteoric ascent. Many books offer information about China, but few make sense of what is truly at stake.

Impressive... A highly informative, readable collection for scholars and nonscholars alike.
--Publishers Weekly

Provides a more nuanced and accessible perspective on the issues China is facing.
--South China Morning Post

Erudite yet accessible... The topical reach is impressive.
--Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China in the 21st Century

The China Questions: Critical Insights Into a Rising Power

Author Bio

Jennifer Rudolph's main area of research is modern Chinese political history.  While her first book dissects institutional change in late imperial China, in her second, she explores identity politics in the Taiwan Strait. In it, 

Rudolph explores co-optations of a 17th-century pirate-merchant Zheng Chenggong. Through the centuries, Zheng has lived on, with regimes ruling, or desirous of ruling, Taiwan portraying him as a traitor, Confucian god, Chinese nationalist, Japanese nationalist, and the Moses of Taiwan. Professor Rudolph incorporates her research into her teaching to help students recognize historical accounts as part of ongoing debates about national identity, regionalism, and politics. 

Her teaching interests are broad and include the political, social, environmental, and cultural history of China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Rudolph directs WPI's China Hub and is the Director of the Hangzhou IQP Project Center. She and China Hub colleagues have received multiple grants to build a China program at WPI that includes Chinese language courses, project opportunities, a Chinese Studies Minor, and joint programs with Chinese partner institutions.

 

Source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute  

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