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By Yu Hua

ISBN-10: 0307379353

ISBN-13: 9780307379351

From considered one of China’s so much acclaimed writers, his first paintings of nonfiction to seem in English: a different, intimate examine the chinese language adventure during the last a number of a long time, advised via own tales and astute research that sharply remove darkness from the country’s meteoric fiscal and social transformation.
Framed via ten words universal within the chinese language vernacular—“people,” “leader,” “reading,” “writing,” “Lu Xun” (one of the main influential chinese language writers of the 20th century), “disparity,” “revolution,” “grassroots,” “copycat,” and “bamboozle”—China in Ten Words finds as by no means sooner than the world’s such a lot populous but oft-misunderstood state. In “Disparity,” for instance, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling fiscal gaps that separate electorate of the rustic. In “Copycat,” he depicts the escalating pattern of piracy and imitation as an artistic new type of innovative motion. And in “Bamboozle,” he describes the more and more brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery which are, he indicates, changing into a lifestyle at each point of society.
Characterized by means of Yu Hua’s trademark wit, perception, and braveness, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid imaginative and prescient of the “Chinese miracle” and all its outcomes, from the singularly priceless standpoint of a author residing in China today.

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He nourished all living things such that everyone and every­ thing was tranquil and at peace. So accustOmed did he become to this that it might be said excessive generosity was a failing of his. When my father succeeded to the throne, he strictly enforced regulations and cleared up corrupt practices until all matters were properly ordered. If people fear the law they will avoid crime and will dare not be greedy. In this way my father was able to change things in time and bring them back to the middle way.

Qianlong was furious when he read Wang's memorial and no doubt very worried. If Wang felt brave enough to put this in a memorial to him, there must be many others who felt the same way and who opposed 32 • M A R K C . E LLIOTT Qianlong's efforts to trim the sails and chart a different direction. T he next day Qianlong summoned the members of the Grand Council and several other high officials to inform them of this turn of events. In high dudgeon, he accused Wang of sedition and of having offended the throne.

Not long after he returned to Beijing the fragile peace he had made began to fall apart. By early 1 735 central authority had collapsed in the area, which was now under the leadership of a new Miao "king. " To make • C . whom be di liked, but doing little to curb the rebellion. This wa the situation when lanlong took over. Having served on the special CGuncil his father had formed to deal with the emergency when he was still Prince Bao Qianlong was already familiar with the issu at band. He wasted no time.

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