We dont need history - A guided tour through urban China Martijn de Waal

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Published: September 2013

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We dont need history - A guided tour through urban China  by  Martijn de Waal

We dont need history - A guided tour through urban China by Martijn de Waal
September 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 10.54 Mb

In China, a new myth – the myth of The Chinese Dream – is fast amassing dreamers. It’s is not unlike the American Dream – the core component is still the promise of a wealthy middle-class lifestyle: a family, a privately owned car, and a house withMoreIn China, a new myth – the myth of The Chinese Dream – is fast amassing dreamers. It’s is not unlike the American Dream – the core component is still the promise of a wealthy middle-class lifestyle: a family, a privately owned car, and a house with your name on the lintel.However, where the American Dream is anti-urban and rooted in the suburbs and edge-cities, The Chinese Dream is essentially connected to the city.

The city is where The Chinese Dream can come true. And its architecture is the ultimate vehicle to promote this myth. All these newly constructed cities tell a story of modernization and progress.The message is simple- This is a modern place for modern people in a new era of Chinese modernity! We might not all be rich yet, but look at what can be done here! The question that remains is- how can this dream be maintained?In 13 scenes set in Chinese cities in different phases of their development, Martijn de Waal addresses The Chinese Dream.

What exactly are its promises and enticements? What is its allure? How is its story told? What does all this mean for the expectations of the new generation? And how realistic is this Chinese Dream? What would happen if, for too many, the new reality fails it?



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