China Candid: The People on the People's Republic by Sang Ye, Miriam Lang, Geremie Randall Barmé

By Sang Ye, Miriam Lang, Geremie Randall Barmé

Leading chinese language journalist Sang Ye follows his winning booklet Chinese Lives with this choice of soaking up interviews with twenty-six males, girls, and youngsters taking the reader into the complicated realities of the People's Republic of China this present day. via intimate conversations performed over decades, China Candid provides another heritage of the state from its founding as a socialist kingdom in 1949 as much as the current. The voices of people that have lived under--and usually despite--the Communist Party's rule provide a compelling account of lifestyles within the maelstrom of China's fiscal reforms--reforms which are being pursued by means of a approach that is still politically inflexible and authoritarian. Artists, politicians, businessmen and -women, former pink Guards, migrant employees, prostitutes, academics, machine geeks, hustlers, and different voters of latest China all converse with frankness and candor in regards to the realities of the burgeoning energy of East Asia, the China that may host the 2008 Olympics. a few talk about the corrosive adjustments which were wrought at the specialist ethics and attitudes of guys and girls lengthy nurtured through the socialist nation. Others remember chilling encounters with the police, the legislation courts, exertions camps, and the military. supplying special perception into the minds and hearts of people that have firsthand adventure of China's tumultuous heritage, this ebook provides precious intensity and measurement to our knowing of this speedily altering country.

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I was crazy. Man, I went out and bought an electric cart, you know, the kind disabled people use. The top speed might have only been thirty kilometers or so an hour, but I felt like I was on top of the world. Later on I couldn’t get a license for the damned thing, so I was always being stopped by the police. Since I wasn’t disabled, they said I shouldn’t be driving it. I took the hint, and I knew a bit about cars anyway, so I got myself a real one. We were so clueless back then; like we thought the best car in the world was a Toyota Crown.

I had absolutely nothing to show for my sixty thousand yuan. Some price to pay to be fucked over like that. Had no choice but to accept the mess. I couldn’t very well carve myself out a chunk of sorghum fields from the old peasants and take it back to Beijing as payment for my share, now could I? It was a lesson I wasn’t going to forget in a hurry, though. No matter who spoke to me about how much money you could make by setting up a business, I simply wasn’t interested. Sure, running your own enterprise sounds more serious than being a profiteer, but fuck me dead if you don’t actually have to produce things and then get entangled in all of the shit that goes with production, and all the people who have to get a piece of the action.

I’ve bought my own, and I can go wherever I want in it. It’s only right that they’d want to suck up to a God of Wealth like me. I deserve it. To be honest, when I was an angry young man, my only fault was that 14 C h a i r m a n M a o’s A r k I loved a good fight. And, believe me, I was damned good at it. I wouldn’t say I could beat all comers, but there was no one in South Beijing who could stand up to me, take my word for it. Back in ’82, outside Yongding Men, I had a run-in with a pack of Northeast Tigers,1 though if you ask me they were a bunch of pussies.

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