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Dan Washburn is an award-winning journalist and author of The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream , which The Wall Street Journal called "strikingly original," The Economist called "gripping," and The Financial Times named one of the Best Books of 2014. Dan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, FT Weekend Magazine, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Economist, Golf World, Golf Digest, ESPN.com, The Telegraph, Quartz, CNN Money, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. His work has been featured in the anthologies Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China and Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On. Dan is also the founding editor of Shanghaiist.com, one of the most widely rea ...more

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Wayne Ma reports:


China has nearly 1.4 billion people, but at most perhaps three million golfers, Gilligan said. New golf-course construction has technically been banned since 2004, and the country has less than 500 courses—compared with more than 14,000 in the U.S.


The sport has long been a symbol of Western excess in the minds of many Chinese, said Dan Washburn, author of “The Forbidden Game:...

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"Excellent. Though the premise is on golf in China, the book is truly about how work is done in China & how the Chinese think. I wish I had read this before I went to work & live there. "
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"Wanted to read this ahead of my trip to Shanghai to teach a summer course at Fudan University next month. A marvelous integration of the development of golf in China with China's economic transformation in general. Chinese pro golfer Zhou Xunshu s..." Read more of this review »
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“Even today, the average rural family in Guizhou earns less than a hundred dollars a month – just 4,753 yuan ($780) a year.”
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“Parents here only view school as a way to avoid being illiterate. They don’t see education as a way to change their future and help them out of poverty.”
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“In 1935, a Fortune magazine piece profiled a day in the life of a typical Shanghai-based expatriate, or “Shanghailander”: “At noon you make your way to a club for a leisurely lunch and two cocktails… You return to your office. But at four-thirty you knock off again for a game of golf at the Shanghai Golf Club or the Hung-Jao Golf Club, both resembling the Westchester County variety except for the attendants in white nightgowns.”
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