China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and Its Relationship with the World

New book looks into the shifting social and economic fault lines reshaping China

March 10, 2014 11:27 IST | India Infoline News Service

Title: China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and Its Relationship with the World

Author:  Bill Dodson

Pages: 256, Hardback

Price: US$29.95 (This price is valid for India)

Published: December 10, 2010

Published by John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.

For a clear-eyed look at the internal forces driving China into the future, Bill Dodson’s China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Re-shaping China and its Relationship with the World (ISBN: 978-0-470-82643-0; John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd) is a pivotal read: His book explores the unexpected impact modernization is having on China's development as a civil society, international trade partner and up-and-coming world power.

Each chapter in this book discusses an irreversible trend and its implications for neighbors near and far, and for international businesses invested in China. Presenting the stories of average Chinese workers along with interviews with topical experts and interlaced with his own experiences, Dodson provides a balanced, ground-level analysis of China’s social and economic fault lines and stress points. The end result is an insider’s view into the dramatic forces reshaping China, its identity and the truths anyone connecting with China needs to know.

“If there is anything I hope readers take away from this odyssey, it’s that China is now at the leading edge of history,” said Dodson. “How the society negotiates the inevitable shocks of trends that come into confluence, and how, most importantly, it manages the eventual wind-down of those powerful social and economic forces in the next 10 to 15 years, will have major repercussions for its citizenry, its neighbors, international businesses invested in the country, and for Western civilization.”

China Inside Out neatly lays out the major trends coursing through China and the world:

CHAPTER 1: China's Generation W(eb) – How far will government censors be able to go before a cyber--subculture of hundreds of millions of Chinese rebel en masse?

CHAPTER 2: Keeping Up with the Zhangs – Chinese are on average becoming richer, less healthy and more anxious as they eat more, drive more, smoke more, work more with few government assurances their assets and their futures are secure;

CHAPTER 3: A Tale of Two Countries – China needs its migrant workers from the countryside to build its cities, and, increasingly, to live in them, with ever-increasing stresses between the have's and the wanna-have's;

CHAPTER 4: "Not in My Backyard!" – As more Chinese embrace the ideal if not the practice of an American¬style middle class lifestyle, it is beating records as the world's largest polluter of land, water and air resources;

CHAPTER 5: With the Appetite of a Dragon – China has been on a buying spree abroad as modernization leaves it with less arable land, food, crude oil and other mineral resources.

CHAPTER 6: China 24/7 – Manufacturing and infrastructure development is moving to China's hinterlands, where 800 million Chinese literally work day and night to get rich and show it off;

CHAPTER 7: China, At Your Services – The hallmarks of China's nascent services sector are a lack of civility, little sense of customer care and arcane bureaucracies

CHAPTER 8: The Global Sugar Daddy – The international marketplace will increasingly resist opaque Chinese business practices and inadequate quality and governance controls even as China becomes richer;

CHAPTER 9: Hot Pot Nation – Population pressures lanced by the One Child Policy and a rapidly aging population with a below¬par replacement rate are becoming national and global liabilities.

CHAPTER 10: In the Shadow of the Emperors – Chinese nationalism and militarization are increasingly filling the vacuum left by the lack of a civil society and the dearth of reflection on the country's modern history, making its neighbors near and far anxious about how aggressively it will fulfill its role as a rising superpower.

Here’s what China-business insiders are saying about China Inside Out…

“Bill Dodson takes readers beyond the usual expats hubs of China and offers a wide view of the momentous trends boiling below and above the surface of China today. With energy and insight, China Inside Out updates, often startlingly, much of what you think you know about the country.”

–Ted C. Fishman; Author, China, Inc. and Shock of Gray

“Bill Dodson’s book is a wonderfully clear-headed, no-nonsense guide to the internal forces that are propelling China forward, backward, and sideways. It is properly assertive about the things that can be known, and open-minded about the many things that can’t. Anyone who wants to understand China better will enjoy this book.”

–James Fallows; Author, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

“A first-rate guide to today’s China. Gets under the skin of the emerging super power.”

–Jonathan Fenby; Author, Penguin History of Modern China

 “Bill Dodson provides a grown-up look at modern China and its growing pains, introducing some of the real people there.”

–Scott Tong; Former China Bureau Chief, Marketplace Public Radio

“A crisp and very readable introduction to the key issues driving change in China today.”

–Graham Earnshaw; Publisher, China Economic Review

“Bill Dodson knows more about China business and society than just about anyone writing today. In China Inside Out Dodson does an outstanding job of connecting the dots from international headlines to middle class Chinese households.”

–Andrew Hupert; Adjunct Professor, New York University, Shanghai Campus

“Bill Dodson provides a reasoned and balanced ground level analysis of China’s social and economic fault lines and stress points. There’s no pulling of punches here as he concentrates on the often uncomfortable, but necessary, truths anyone connecting with China needs to know.”

–Paul French; Co-author, Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation

“Dodson clearly knows China and understands that its people, not its policies, have been and will continue to be China’s defining force.”

–Dan Harris; Founding Member, Harris & Moure; Co-editor, China Law B

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