Wish Lanterns

Young Lives in New China

Alec Ash

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AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

'Fluently written with nice touches of humour . . . this book supplies much food for thought' Financial Times

There are over 320 million Chinese in their teens and twenties - more than the population of the USA. Born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, these offspring of the one-child policy face fierce competition to succeed.

In Wish Lanterns, Alec Ash, a writer in Beijing of the same generation, gives us a vivid, gripping account of the lives of six Chinese millennials. Dahai is a military child and netizen; 'Fred' is a daughter of the Party. Lucifer is an aspiring superstar; Snail a country migrant addicted to online games. Xiaoxiao is a hipster from the freezing north; Mia a rebel from Xinjiang in the far west.

This humane and revelatory book takes us beyond the stereotypes and flashy news headlines to show what it's really like to be young in China now. By describing the day-to-day dramas and romances, Ash illuminates the larger fears and hopes, challenges and dreams of the people who are destined to define China's future - and the world's.

'Compelling and beautifully written' Rana Mitter, Prospect

'A beautiful and thoughtful book . . . Ash has succeeded in giving us an intimate and complex portrait of the one child policy generation' Xiaolu Guo, author of I Am China

A provocative portrait of a fast-changing society riven by internal contradictions . . . a fine addition to the field, one of the best I have read about the individuals who make up a country that is all too often regarded as a monolith, but which abounds with diversity on multiple levels. Fluently written with nice touches of humour . . . this books supplies much food for thought, informing the wider debate while retaining its value as a closely observed picture of how some Chinese live today Financial Times

Alec Ash is a writer and journalist in Beijing.

He studied English literature at Oxford University. After graduating he taught in a Tibetan village in western China for a summer, before moving to Beijing in 2008.

His articles have been published in The Economist, Prospect, Dissent and Foreign Policy among others. He is a correspondent for the Los Angeles Review of Books , a contributing author to the book of reportage Chinese Characters , the author of Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China and founder of the Anthill, a writers' colony of stories from China.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Altersempfehlung 18 - 99 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 26.01.2017
Verlag Pan MacMillan
Seitenzahl 336
Maße (L/B/H) 26.6/12.8/2.5 cm
Gewicht 234 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4472-3796-9

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  • Chapter - 1: Xiaoxiao Chapter - 2: Dahai Chapter - 3: Fred Chapter - 4: Snail Chapter - 5: Lucifer Chapter - 6: Mia Chapter - 7: Snail Chapter - 8: Fred Chapter - 9: Dahai Chapter - 10: Xiaoxiao Chapter - 11: Lucifer Chapter - 12: Mia Chapter - 13: Snail Chapter - 14: Fred Chapter - 15: Lucifer Chapter - 16: Dahai Chapter - 17: Snail Chapter - 18: Xiaoxiao Chapter - 19: Mia Chapter - 20: Lucifer Chapter - 21: Dahai Chapter - 22: Snail Chapter - 23: Fred Chapter - 24: Lucifer Chapter - 25: Dahai Chapter - 26: Xiaoxiao Chapter - 27: Snail Chapter - 28: Mia Chapter - 29: Lucifer Chapter - 30: Fred Chapter - 31: Dahai and Xiaoxiao Chapter - 32: Snail Chapter - 33: Lucifer Chapter - 34: Fred Chapter - 35: Mia Chapter - 36: Xiaoxiao and Dahai Section - i: Author's Note Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements