The China Daily USA reviews Helen Wang The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You. An interview about the fraternizing between China and the US.
A fragment from the China Daily:
A culture of fraternizing among nations is already beginning to emerge, Wang says.
“China is picking up ideas and learning like crazy from the West, while Eastern culture and philosophy is so hot in the United States. The differences between these two cultures are there, but people, especially those from the academic and business communities, are more aware of these than before.
“My book is a small contribution to this convergence of interests and tendencies from both cultures,” Wang adds.
The Chinese Dream has an obvious resonance with the idea of The Great American Dream. American historian James Truslow Adams defined the concept as “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth”.
It also brings to mind Martin Luther King Jr.’s now-mythical public address at a civil rights march in Washington DC in 1963, making an impassioned case for racial equality. The latter, along with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, inspired Wang to leave Chinese shores and seek a life in the US in the late 1980s.
“They seemed to breathe fresh air in my life and my thinking,” she recalls. “I was young, I wanted to experience something radically different.”
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