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  • Contents and Abstracts1The Pitfalls of Rationalist Predictioneering chapter abstractSocial scientists and public intellectuals-including in the media commentariat-are fond of making predictions. Their audiences seems to demand it. Nowhere is this phenomenon more visible than in the case of rising China. But the cross-disciplinary "futures studies" subfield linking social scientists with historians argues cogently that predictioneering is a doomed enterprise with real-world negative consequences such as bad public policy. Chapter 1 explains the three core correctives analysts in this subfield argue should be used to delimit or reshape predictioneering. Many of these analysts stress that much more attention should be given to what a society's own elites imagine their country's future to hold: their images of the future. Images can act as powerful causal factors or "attractors" pulling the country in sometimes different directions. Understanding this perspective is essential to thinking more carefully and productively about the future of China's rise. 2Economic Growth: Marching Into a Middle-Income Trap? chapter abstractWhen the global financial crisis hit in 2008, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) put into place an enormous monetary stimulus program which created the impression that China avoided the crisis and emerged stronger than almost any other country. Countless foreign commentators echoed such sentiments in the media and on the Internet. However, all along Chinese economists were exposing serious problems with China's economy and were harshly criticizing the CCP for allowing these problems to worsen. Chinese economists declined to praise the 2008-2009 stimulus program-- they denounced it vociferously. Almost unanimously, the Chinese economists now express alarm that the parlous economic situation will interact with deleterious demographic trends to usher China into a middle-income trap. If this results, China's rise will cease. 3The Leninist Political System Confronts a Pluralistic, Wealthy Society chapter abstractAlmost all Chinese political scientists and commentators recognize that China has become an overwhelmingly more pluralistic, wealthy society since reform and opening began in the late 1970s, and especially during the past decade. While some who hope for and expect eventual democratization think that the state should first tighten control over society in order to combat corruption and crack down on crime-because democracy cannot flourish when inequality is widespread and people are bitter at visible injustice-others think that only by increasing transparency and accountability starting now can corruption, pollution, and the myriad other phenomena that make Chinese citizens angry be addressed effectively. Meanwhile, certain neo-Leftist nationalists completely reject democratization as a legitimate or sensible objective. They worry that democratization would lead to the country's dismemberment, followed by its permanent subjugation to the West. 4The New Frontier: Changing Communication Patterns and China's Transformation into a "Network Society" chapter abstract400 million or so Chinese people who have access to the Internet, either by computer or some other device. The network society affects the functioning of the economy, politics, and administration-- politically and administratively, it forces CCP leaders and the bureaucrats they supervise either to become more responsive to public demands or else think of clever new ways to manipulate what citizens think and perceive. For some Chinese social scientists and propaganda officials who specialize in studying communications, transformation into a network society heralds China's eventual democratization and should be encouraged and creatively promoted. For others, it suggests the return of a nightmarishly Hobbesian, Cultural Revolution-like public sphere, only this time with the battles raging mostly through telecommunications circuits. Their debate with the optimists is intense, suggesting that the stakes in this issue-area are higher than perhaps outsiders fully appreciate. 5China's Rise: Irreversibly Reconfiguring International Relations? chapter abstractThe most prominent prediction among (Western) international relations specialists is that China's rise will precipitate serious conflict between China and the United States, stemming from the logic of "power transition theory." In contrast, China's own international relations specialists tend to imagine the power transition leading not to war but instead to China's glorious (and peaceful) recentering in international relations and world history-reflecting what they consider to be China's natural and rightful world-historical destiny. Certainly among the minority of prominent Chinese IR specialists who do read the economists and who are concerned that the success of the rise is not inevitable, a misguided and dangerous hubris is cited as the main reason for the foreign policy shift, which these moderate IR specialists find troubling. 6Competing with the West on the "Cultural Front" in International Relations chapter abstractNot only strategically and economically, but also culturally, Chinese IR specialists-almost to a person-imagine China as being in a contest or even struggle with the West to increase influence or "discourse power" for the purpose of shaping decision-making in other countries and directing the course of world development. Unlike in the case of material (economic and military) competition, Chinese IR specialists are sharply divided on the likely outcome of the cultural competition. The result is that some Chinese specialists-including in the People's Liberation Army-present the West as a menacingly dangerous, subversive cultural threat to China that only massive investment in the culture and information industries could ever possibly counter. Throughout the world, almost everyone wants to resist American cultural hegemony, the thinking goes. China is the only country with the power, respect, and sincerely ethical values to help. 7China: Unstoppably Rising, or Perched on the Edge of a Crisis? chapter abstractThe most striking finding of this research is that there are "two Chinas" in the minds of Chinese elite analysts-- that is, there are two dramatically different Chinese futures. The first future is the one generally expected in the outside world: that of China continuing inexorably to rise, albeit facing (but handling) occasional bumps in the road. In this view, China's rise is just as inevitable as was Japan's from the perspective of 1980. It is the view held by the majority of Chinese international relations analysts, including those in the PLA-and the more assertive or aggressive foreign policy since 2009 would seem to indicate the view is also shared by the CCP's top foreign policy strategists.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804794190 20180530
China's Futures cuts through the sometimes confounding and unfounded speculation of international pundits and commentators to provide readers with an important yet overlooked set of complex views concerning China's future: views originating within China itself. Daniel Lynch seeks to answer the simple but rarely asked question: how do China's own leaders and other elite figures assess their country's future? Many Western social scientists, business leaders, journalists, technocrats, analysts, and policymakers convey confident predictions about the future of China's rise. Every day, the business, political, and even entertainment news is filled with stories and commentary not only on what is happening in China now, but also what Western experts confidently think will happen in the future. Typically missing from these accounts is how people of power and influence in China itself imagine their country's developmental course. Yet the assessments of elites in a still super-authoritarian country like China should make a critical difference in what the national trajectory eventually becomes. In China's Futures, Lynch traces the varying possible national trajectories based on how China's own specialists are evaluating their country's current course, and his book is the first to assess the strengths and weaknesses of "predictioneering" in Western social science as applied to China. It does so by examining Chinese debates in five critical issue-areas concerning China's trajectory: the economy, domestic political processes and institutions, communication and the Internet (arrival of the "network society"), foreign policy strategy, and international soft-power (cultural) competition.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804794190 20180530
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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314 pages ; 25 cm
  • Ties of opportunity
  • Physical and spiritual connections
  • Grand politics and high culture
  • Revolutions and war
  • Allies and enemies
  • Transformations
  • Old/new visions
  • Afterword.
Americans look to China with fascination and fear, unsure whether it is friend or foe but certain it will play a crucial role in their future. This is nothing new, Gordon Chang says. Fateful Ties draws on literature, art, biography, popular culture, and politics to trace America's long and varied preoccupation with China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674050396 20171211
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xvi, 253 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction -- Chapter 1: An Overview of the U.S.-China Relationship -- Chapter 2: The Economic Relationship -- Chapter 3: Political Systems, Rights and Values -- Chapter 4: Media -- Chapter 5: Global Roles and Responsibilities -- Chapter 6: Climate and Clean Energy -- Chapter 7: Global Development and Investment -- Chapter 8: Military Developments -- Chapter 9: Taiwan and Tibet -- Chapter 10: Regional Security Roles and Challenges.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199973880 20160612
America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe. In Debating China, Nina Hachigian pairs American and Chinese experts in collegial "letter exchanges" that illuminate this multi-dimensional and complex relationship. These fascinating conversations-written by highly respected scholars and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such crucial issues as trade and investment, human rights, climate change, military dynamics, regional security in Asia, and the media, including the Internet. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see the key challenges. Readers bear witness to the writers' hopes and frustrations as they explore the politics, values, history, and strategic frameworks that inform their positions. This unique volume is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of U.S.-China relations today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199973880 20160612
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xiii, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Statesmen, scholars, and men in the street, 1900-1949
  • "Farewell, Leighton Stuart!": anti-Americanism in the early fifties
  • Challenging a taboo : China's liberal critics and America in 1957
  • Communist crusade and capitalist stronghold : Mao's everlasting revolution and the United States, 1957-1979
  • A balancing act : the People's Daily, 1979-1989
  • Chinese review America : the Dushu Magazine, 1979-1989
  • Popular and not-so-popular America : the Chinese masses and the U.S.A. in the 1980s
  • Shall the twain ever meet? Old themes and new trends in the last decade of the century.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xi, 431 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
  • Maritime expansion and Chinese migration
  • Early colonial empires and Chinese migrant communities
  • Imperialism and mass emigration
  • Communities in the age of mass migration. I: Southeast Asia
  • Communities in the age of mass migration. II: Exclusion from, and in, the settler societies
  • Revolution and "national salvation"
  • Chinese communities in postcolonial Southeast Asia
  • The new migration.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xii, 396 p. ; 25 cm.
In a stunningly original work about the impact of cultural perceptions in international relations, Simei Qing offers a new perspective on relations between the United States and China after World War II. From debates over Taiwan in the Truman administration to military confrontation in Korea to relations with the Soviet Union, Qing explores how policies on both sides became persistently counterproductive. Implicit moral and cultural values became woven into policy rationales for both China and the United States. Cultural visions of modernity and understandings of identity played a critical role in each nation's evaluation of the other's intentions and in defining interests and principles in their diplomatic relationship. Based on American, Russian, and newly declassified Chinese sources, this book reveals rarely examined assumptions that were entrenched in mainstream policy debates on both sides, and sheds light on the origins and development of U.S. - China confrontations that continue to resonate today. Simei Qing also provides a compelling look at the vital role of deeply anchored visions in the origins of human military conflicts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674023444 20160528
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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x, 236 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • List of Illustrations 1. Gendering American Orientalism 2. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck 3. Anna May Wong 4. Mayling Soong 5. Transforming American National Identity--The China Mystique Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520244221 20160528
Throughout the history of the United States, images of China have populated the American imagination. Always in flux, these images shift rapidly, as they did during the early decades of the twentieth century. In this erudite and original study, Karen J. Leong explores the gendering of American orientalism during the 1930s and 1940s. Focusing on three women who were popularly and publicly associated with China - Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, and Mayling Soong Chiang - Leong shows how each negotiated what it meant to be American, Chinese American, and Chinese against the backdrop of changes in the United States as a national community and as an international power. The China Mystique illustrates how each of these women encountered the possibilities as well as the limitations of transnational status in attempting to shape her own opportunities. During these two decades, each woman enjoyed expanding visibility due to an increasingly global mass culture, rising nationalism in Asia, the emergence of the United States from the shadows of imperialism to world power, and the more assertive participation of women in civic and consumer culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520244221 20160528
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xvii, 309 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
A series of Chinese commentaries on the USA, including extracts from the travel diaries of 19th-century Chinese diplomats, a first-hand account of Blacks in Alabama in the 1930s and other essays which have been linked chronologically in order to highlight changing Chinese views of the USA.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520084247 20160528
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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ix, 383 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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xvii, 309 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01

11. American diplomacy [1984]

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xii, 179 p. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01
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x, 322 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
EASTASN-256-01, HISTORY-256-01, HISTORY-356-01