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China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

BY JEFFREY N. WASSERSTROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010 155 PAGES ISBN: 978-0-19-539412-2, PAPERBACK Reviewed by Mary Cingcade Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s book China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know tempts the reader with its intriguing title. Written in question-and-answer format, the volume features 108 questions culled from questions posed over two decades by lecture audiences. Wasserstrom writes, The goal of this book is to help normalize discussions of China . . . My aim ...

Teaching Resources Essay

Charting Their Own Course: Resources for Teaching about China’s Youth

I begin this review of resources for secondary teaching about youth culture in China with a bit of encouragement. To those for whom the mere mention of “youth culture” evokes an unknowable world inhabited by unforgiving digital natives, fear not. Early in my survey of resources, I realized that to do this topic justice, you must cede certain ground to your high school students—doing so will pay dividends in your classroom. If you provide the perspective on China’s youth and allow student...

Book Review, Resources

China’s Generation Y: Understanding the Future Leaders of the World’s Next Superpower

Youth under the age of twenty-five make up roughly 39 percent of China’s population, yet sources on Chinese children are few and far between. Books like James Watson’s Golden Arches East, Jun Jing’s Feeding China’s Little Emperors, and Vanessa Fong’s Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China’s One Child Policy, combined with articles on education, popular culture, and consumerism, have provided a valuable window on the lives of young Chinese. Michael Stanat’s book, China’s Generation ...