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Paper Tiger: Inside the Real China

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In PAPER TIGER the Chinese journalist and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan paints a portrait of the world’s second-largest economy via a thoughtful and wide-ranging series of mini essays on contemporary Chinese society.

Xu Zhiyuan describes the many stages upon which China’s great transformation is taking place, from Beijing's Silicon district to a cruise down the Three Gorges; he
ebook, 416 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Head of Zeus (first published August 13th 2015)
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! It's a great book for those trying to understand modern China from the outside. It covers many different topics and regions of the country. The author definitely is not satisfied with the status quo in China and wishes to see moves towards democracy, but he also does not glorify the North American or European models as being without flaw. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand China today.
Stephen Palmer
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Xu Zhiyuan is an exiled Chinese journalist who writes on political and cultural life in China. Described by the perhaps better known dissident and artist Ai Weiwei as “the most important Chinese intellectual of his generation,” his book 'Paper Tiger: Inside the Real China' is a no-holds-barred look at the devastation caused by the Chinese Communist Party in his native land. But although this is a profoundly anti-Party book, the pieces inside also reveal the positives of modern Chinese life.

Hsin-ya Liao
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Gives some insight into what life is like within China, and the kind of mentality that drives the people and their pursuit of materialistic ostentation. Very light reading and the essay format often leaves you wanting more, and themes can get a bit repetitive. But it's an interesting introduction for anyone wanting to understand a bit more of why China is the way it is.
Jagatjit Sahu
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's not all rainbows and sunshine in China!

This book is a compilation of Xu's articles since 2007 touching different aspects of modern Chinese society and its citizens' woes.

Read this book to get a glimpse of hinterland China and its general gloom.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Paper Tiger is a wide, perhaps too wide, collection of articles on modern China, entirely from a critical perspective. As a frequent reader on China, many events recalled were at least familiar, or at least created a sense of dejavu. The structure and style is very similar to Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, however, unlike the former, Paper Tiger lacks such a sense of balance.
Paper Tiger is highly readable, although somewhat disjointed at parts. There appears to be no discernible order to the
Alex Anderson
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
we get it: you don't like China

one essay would have been a good read, but when they're only about 4 pages long and all about the same thing, they get very boring very quickly
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