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Young China

How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World
Lu par : Zak Dychtwald
Durée : 8 h et 41 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, World
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This program is read by the author.

The author, in his 20s, who is fluent in Chinese, examines the future of China through the lens of the Jiu Ling Hou - the generation born after 1990. 

A close-up look at the Chinese generation born after 1990, exploring through personal encounters how young Chinese feel about everything from money and sex to their government, the West, and China’s shifting role in the world - not to mention their love affair with food, karaoke, and travel. Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. From single-child pressure to test-taking madness and the frenzy to buy an apartment as a prerequisite to marriage, from one-night stands to an evolving understanding of family, Young China offers a fascinating portrait of the generation who will define what it means to be Chinese in the modern era. 

Zak Dychtwald was 20 when he first landed in China. He spent years deeply immersed in the culture, learning the language and hanging out with his peers in apartment shares and hostels, on long train rides, and over endless restaurant meals.

©2018 Zak Dychtwald (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"To make sense of contemporary China, it is crucial to understand the varied aspirations, anxieties, fears and fantasies of the many millions of Chinese - as big a group as the entire populations of some sizeable countries - who were born after the year that soldiers killed protestors near Tiananmen Square. Young China provides an excellent starting point for doing just that." (The Wall Street Journal)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/03/2019

Erudite, enthralling, and engaging!

Mr. Dychtwald's book (elegantly narrated by him) opens a wide window into contemporary China, while at the same time providing relevant historical context. The book is like taking a journey with the author through different regions of China (learning about cuisine, customs, traditions and new trends). The book has great references to places Chengdu. I greatly recommend this book!

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  • JohnCandy
  • 09/05/2018

Relevant and entertaining

Being a non-mandarin speaking foreigner living in China, this book definitely gives a great perspective on what modern china is through first hand experiences. It only helps to confirm how much is beneath the very superficial image I had of Chinese culture.

The stories are entertaining and filled with interesting facts and realities that I've been missing all along.

The fact that the book is written in the first person and the author is reading it, only helped me to get more involved into the stories.

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  • Alison
  • 04/07/2020

Very Informative Vignettes of Chinese Life

I learned a lot about the day-to-day lives of young adults in south east Chinese cities. Their dreams, norms, expectations, struggles, and loves. Very glad I read.

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  • Farhan Tahir
  • 29/06/2020

New China

The author poured in his first-hand account of China’s growing determination to make a place in this place. I have learned a tremendous amount of information through this book about China’s average family, their struggles, the grit, and determination to make the new generation race to the top. Must read for those who aspire to know China’s secret to riches through tough times.

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  • Dana Griffin
  • 13/02/2020

Best book about China

Great content, style, entertaining and informative at the same time. Must read to understand current China and its unique culture.

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  • Michael Crockett
  • 29/01/2020

Great Insight into the Daily Life of Modern China

I really enjoyed this book. It was very informative about the daily if life of the people of China. Really made me think differently and expanded my world view.

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  • Caroline Constable
  • 03/09/2019

Highly Recommend!

An insightful & beautifully written piece on the lives — and perspectives — of youth in China.

I could not recommend this book more! I was not able to put it down, and I have already purchased another copy to give as a gift to a friend.

Five stars. Highly recommend!

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  • Andrew Kisch
  • 15/08/2019

Awesome

This was a great book. A fascinating insight into the life of youth in China. Plus the authors voice was extremely soothing

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  • Catherine Matchem-Watkins
  • 14/08/2019

Great book. You must read it.

the narration was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. it help me gets through long work days.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/08/2019

Perfect introduction to modern China

Easy to listen an digest information for people who want a first glimpse in to China and their youth.

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  • ArrGee
  • 11/06/2020

The world would be considerably less stupid if everyone read this book.

Impressively layered look into what makes China what it is from a truly talented and thorough observer. A must read/listen for anyone who would like to look beyond the one dimensional caricature painted on the daily news. And really quite good fun at the same time.

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  • Marius
  • 02/07/2018

Insightful and Entertaining

I'm a millennial marketing consultant, so after finding out about Zak Dychtwald's Young China, I knew I had to read it. I always expect books like this to be informative but dry, so I was positively surprised by the fact that Young China is not only very informative and insightful, but also very well written and frequently very touching. The author struck great balance between (often dazzling) facts and personal stories. I highly recommend it to both professionals as well as casual readers with an interest in China and/or youth culture in general.