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In the Shadow of the Rising Dragon: Stories of Repression in the New China

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Over the last decade China has undergone a transformation. After the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, it has emerged as one of the twenty-first century's most powerful economies, with millions of citizens now entering the middle class. Yet, despite these rapid changes, China's human rights record remains abysmal, and a heavy shroud of secrecy protects the one-party sy ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 10, 2014 Nathania rated it it was amazing
This is an real eye opening book. I find myself becoming more aware of my rights: what they are and how I am able to exercise each day. This book challenged me to become more aware politically. Unfortunately it is one of the things I took for granted. My heart, prayers and support goes out the human right activist in China and the Chinese people.

It is easy to hate and condemn the Chinese government. But as I see it this book not only acknowledge and brings to light the gross violation of human
Feb 24, 2014 Christina rated it liked it
I love reading anything about China and especially about their political system's effects on everyday lives. So naturally, I expected to love this. I didn't. I think it was the awkward translation, but it was hard to feel connected to any of the authors' stories about their experiences with repression, which mostly took the form of long, long, interviews with the police. Some of the accounts came across awkward, as they recounted word-for-word how they had countered police arguments against thei ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
"In the Shadow of the Rising Dragon" illustrates in a haunting manner the invasiveness and pervasivness of the state in Chinese society. What could have easily raised the book to new heights--as well as condemned it to histrionics--is a heightened sense of emotion. To the book's credit, this is mostly absent, favoring instead a cold, calculating, straightforward narrative of each author's experiences, showing us, the Westerner, the non-Chinese, just how regular and usual the terrible occurrences ...more
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Nov 01, 2015 James Eckman rated it liked it
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A look at the 'soft' oppression occurring in modern China, nasty and secretive. The writer's hope it will end in their lifetime but given North Korea and other examples, they may be optimistic.
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