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The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard Lemos (review)

The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard Lemos (review) China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012 Gerard Lemos. The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. ix, 320 pp. Hardcover $38.00, isbn 978-0-300-16924-9. During an October 2012 travel study to China, our group witnessed one day in Xian a fleet of three Mercedes-Benzes driving into the court of the Crystal Island Hotel, where we were staying. The passengers were all part of an excited wedding party, with one member rushing to light a thirty-foot-long chain of firecrackers, signaling the arrival of the bride and groom. Such a scene reminded me of an even more opulent scene posted on the Internet in 2011: a YouTube scene of the wedding of a coal magnate family in Shanxi Province. Parading its wealth through the streets of Datong, the wedding party involved four Rolls Royces leading the opulent parade, followed by four Ferraris and six Jeeps carrying the camera crew. Between the eight lead cars and the six Jeeps were six Mercedes-Benzes, six Bentleys, and one Hummer as a backup. These people were obviously not the fear-the-future Chinese that Gerard Lemos writes about in The End of the Chinese http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard Lemos (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (3) – Apr 15, 2012

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China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012 Gerard Lemos. The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. ix, 320 pp. Hardcover $38.00, isbn 978-0-300-16924-9. During an October 2012 travel study to China, our group witnessed one day in Xian a fleet of three Mercedes-Benzes driving into the court of the Crystal Island Hotel, where we were staying. The passengers were all part of an excited wedding party, with one member rushing to light a thirty-foot-long chain of firecrackers, signaling the arrival of the bride and groom. Such a scene reminded me of an even more opulent scene posted on the Internet in 2011: a YouTube scene of the wedding of a coal magnate family in Shanxi Province. Parading its wealth through the streets of Datong, the wedding party involved four Rolls Royces leading the opulent parade, followed by four Ferraris and six Jeeps carrying the camera crew. Between the eight lead cars and the six Jeeps were six Mercedes-Benzes, six Bentleys, and one Hummer as a backup. These people were obviously not the fear-the-future Chinese that Gerard Lemos writes about in The End of the Chinese

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Published: Apr 15, 2012

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