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China since 1980

(see also China, China: Maoist Era, China: Tibet & China: Xinjiang)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators

World Guide

On the Web: Articles

Chinese Parents Grieve for Sons Abducted, Sold. Tim Johnson, Charlotte Observer (5/5/04).

The Push for War. Anatol Lieven, London Review of Books (10/3/02). Brilliant critique of world view & militarist foreign policy of "think tank" intellectuals around Bush administration, in which China plays large role.

Slush-Fund Scandal May Push US Off East Asian Stage, Franz Schurmann, Pacific News Service (4/17/02). Contribution to Bush campaign from fund for Taiwanese independence increases tensions with China

On the Web: Specialized Sites

China Support Network. Solidarity with those who struggle for democracy & human rights in China.

China Today.

In the Library: Articles

Barmé, Geremie. "Using the past to save the present: Dai Qing's historiographical dissent," East Asian Studies 1 (1991):147-50.

__________. "The trouble with Dai Qing," Index on Censorship 8 (8/92).

Becker, Jasper. "Peasants dig in as dam waters rise," Christian Science Monitor (12/4/02).

Bouvard, Marguerite Guzmán. "Dai Qing (interview)," in her Women Reshaping Human Rights (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996), pp. 65-85. Investigative journalist, environmental activist & dissident.

__________. "Zhu Hong (interview)," in her Women Reshaping Human Rights (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996), pp. 265-83. On work as feminist scholar, translater & civil rights activist.

Buruma, Ian. "Asia world," NY Review of Books (6/12/03):54-57. Reflections on theme parks & authoritarianism in contemporary East Asia.

Caufield, Catherine. "Rough sailing at Three Gorges Dam," World Rivers Review 12,6 (12/97).

Chong, Ken Ray & Fang-fu Ruan. "The resurrection of Sun Yat-Sen for China's modernization," Journal of Third World Studies 5,1 (spr 1988):130-45.

Chow, Ray. "Violence in the other country: preliminary remarks on the China crisis, June 1989," Radical America 22,4 (9/89).

Dai Qing. "The Three Gorges dam project & free speech in China," Chicago Review 39 (12/93):275-78.

Dalsimer, Marilyn & Laurie Nisonoff. "The implications of the new agricultural & one-child family policies for rural Chinese women," Feminist Studies 13,3 (fall 87).

DuRand, Cliff. "The exhaustion of developmental socialism: lessons from China," Monthly Review 42,7 (12/90):8-19.

Esherick, Joseph W. & Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. "Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater in Modern China," Journal of Asian Studies 49,4 (Nov. 90): 835-65.

Guang, Lei. "Reconstituting the rural-urban divide: peasant migration & the rise of 'orderly migration' in contemporary China," Journal of Contemporary China 10 (2001):471-93.

He, Qinglian. "China's listing mansion," New Left Review (9-20/00).

Hessler, Peter. "Underwater," New Yorker (7/7/03):28-33.

Hinton, William. "What went wrong?" Monthly Review (5/91):15-18.

____________. "Can the Chinese dragon match pearls with the dragon god of the sea? A response to Zongli Tang," Monthly Review 45,3 (7-8/93):87-104.

Hsu, D.Y. & P.Y. Ching. "The worker-peasant alliance as a strategy for rural development in China," Monthly Review 42,10 (3/91):27-43.

Jiang Xueqin. "Letter from China," Nation (3/4/02):23-25.

Johnson, Kay Ann. "The revolutionary tradition of pro-democracy students," Radical America 22,4 (9/89).

Johnson, Tim. "China easing social control for citizens," San Jose Mercury News (10/1/03):16A.

Li Minqi. "China: six years after Tiananmen," Monthly Review 47,8 (1/96):1-13.

Lin, William S. "The long & winding march," In These Times (10/28/02):22. Review essay on Burma Bad Elements

Ma, Lawrence J.C. & Ma Xing Biao. "Native place, migration & the emergence of a peasant enclave in Beijing," China Quarterly 155 (1998).

Magdoff, Fred. "China's capitalist road?" Monthly Review 42,6 (11/90):7-14.

Marquand, Robert. "In China, pews are packed," Christian Science Monitor (12/24/03):10.

Mirsky, Jonathan. "How the Chinese spread SARS," New Yorker (4/30/03):42-43.

__________. “The Hong Kong gesture,” New York Review (11/20/03):49-50.

Olpadwala, Porus. "Problems with China's agriculture," Monthly Review 41,7 (12/89):9-12.

Pocha, Jehangir S. "Letter from Beijing: China's New Left," Nation (5/9/05):22-24. Increasingly influential view that "market discipline" causes unacceptable inequality between city & countryside (still home to 70% of population). Urges focus on "San Nong": plight of peasants, agriculture & rural communities.

Raymond, John. "No fun or games," In These Times (4/15/02). Sweatshops producing toys for US.

Riskin, Carl. "Food, poverty & development strategy in the People's Republic of China," in Newman (ed.) Hunger in History (Cambridge, 1990), pp. 331-52.

Sen, Amartya. "Passage to China," NY Review (12/2/04):61-65. What India & China have learned from one another during past 1500 years & more, & can learn from each other today.

Shanghai, Joshua Schenker. "Shanghai surprise," In These Times (10/28/02):18-21. China's abuse of of human rights growing.

Selden, Mark. "The origins & social consequences of China's hukou system," China Quarterly 139 (1994):644-88. Household registration, aimed at keeping people in their places of origin.

Tang, Zongli. "Is China returning to semi-colonial status?" Monthly Review 45,3 (7-8/93):77-86.

Tanner, Murray Scot. “Shackling the coercive state: China’s ambivalent struggle against torture”, Problems of Post-Communism (9/10/00).

__________. “Cracks in the wall: China’s eroding coercive state," Current History (9/02).

__________. “China Rethinks Unrest," Washington Quarterly (sum 04).

Tyson, Ann & James Tyson. "China's human avalanche," Current History (9/96). Massive rural-urban migration, & movement of people to frontier areas & abroad.

Weil, Robert. "Of human rights & wrongs: China & the US," Monthly Review 46,3 (7-8/94):101-13.

__________. "China at the brink: class contradictions of 'Market Socialism (Parts I & II)," Monthly Review 46,7 (12/94) & 46,8 (1/95):10-35 & 11-43

Yardley, Jim. "China cracking down on lethal rat poison," San Jose Mercury (11/17/03):12A.

__________. "Popular Chinese sex columnist is loved, hated -& banned," San Jose Mercury (11/30/03).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Barmé, Geremie. In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture (NY: Columbia U., 1999).

Barnett, A. Doak. China's Economy in Global Perspective (Washington: Brookings, 1981).

__________. The Making of Foreign Policy in China: Structure & Process (Boulder: Westview, 1985).

__________ (ed.) Modernizing China: Post-Mao Reform & Development (Boulder: Westview, 1986).

__________. China's Far West: Four Decades of Change (Boulder: Westview, 1993).

Becker, Jasper. The Chinese (NY: Free Press, 2000). Consequences for working people of current approach to development: widening inequality, environmental degradation, deteriorating health & education, lawless authoritarianism, expanding security apparatus. Increased trade with West unlikely to improve observance of human rights .

Benton, Gregor & Alan Hunter (eds.) Wild Lily, Prairie Fire: China's Road to Democracy, Yan'an to Tian'anmen, 1942-1989 (Princeton: Princeton U., 199?).

Berlin, Michael; Ross Terrill & Akira Iriye. Tiananmen Two Years Later: How Did the Media Perform? A Study of American Media Coverage of the Beijing Spring of 1989 (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1991).

Bernstein, Richard & Ross H. Munro. The Coming Conflict with China (NY: Knopf, 1997).

Bianco, Lucien. Conflict & Resistance in 20th-C. China (ed. Mark Selden; Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000).

__________. Peasants Without the Party: Grassroots Movements in 20th-C. China (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

Binyan, Liu, with Ruan Ming & Xiu Gang. "Tell the World": What Happened in China & Why (NY: Pantheon, 1989).

Black, George & Robin Munro. Black Hands of Beijing: Lives of Defiance in China's Democracy Movement (NY: Wiley, 1993). Remarkable inside story of the personalities and events leading up to the massacres around Tienanmen Square.

Boli, Zhang. Escape from China: The Long Journey from Tiananmen to Freedom (NY : Washington Square, 2002).

Brown, Lester R. Who Will Feed China? Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet (NY: Norton, 1995).

Burton, Neil G. & Charles Bettelheim. China since Mao (NY: Monthly Review, 1978).

Burum, Ian. Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing (NY: Vintage, 2001).

Cheng, Nien. Life & Death in Shanghai (NY: Grove, 1987).

Chesneaux, Jean. Carnets de Chine: février-mars 1988, septembre-octobre 1995, avril-mai 1998 (Paris: Quinzaine Littéraire, 1999).

Chetham, Deirdre. Before the Deluge: The Vanishing World of the Yangtze's Three Gorges (NY: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002).

Chung, Chuihua Judy; Jeffrey Inaba, Rem Koolhaas, Sze Tzung Leong (eds.) The Great Leap Forward (Köln: Taschen, 2001). Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta.

Cohen, Roberta. People's Republic of China: The Human Rights Exception (Baltimore: U. Maryland, 1988).

Cumings, Bruce. Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century (Durham NC, 1999).

Dai Qing. Yangtze! Yangtze! Controversy over the Three Gorges Dam Project (ed. Patricia Adams & John Thibodeau; Toronto: Earthscan, 1994).

Dietrich, Craig. People's China: A Brief History (NY: Oxford, 1986).

Hinton, William. The Great Reversal: The Privatization of China, 1978-1989 (NY: Monthly Review, 1990).

Honig, Emily & Gail Hershatter. Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980s (Stanford: Stanford, 1988).

Human Rights Watch. The Three Gorges Dam in China: Forced Resettlement, Suppressed Dissent & Labor Rights Concerns (NY, 1995).

Isaacs, Harold R. Re-Encounters in China: Notes of a Journey in a Time Capsule (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1985).

Jing, Jun (ed.) Feeding China's Little Emperors. Food, Children, & Social Change (Stanford: Stanford, 2000).

Liang, Zhang. The Tiananmen Papers: The Chinese Leadership's Decision to Use Force Against Their Own People (ed. Andrew J. Nathan & Perry Link; NY: Public Affairs, 2001).

Logan, John R. The New Chinese City: Globalization & Market Reform (Malden MA: Blackwell, 2002).

Lü, Xiaobo. Cadres & Corruption: The Organizational Involution of the Chinese Communist Party (Stanford: Stanford, 2000).

Luk, Shiu-Hung & Joseph Whitney (eds.) MegaProject: A Case Study of China's Three Gorges Project (London: M.E. Sharpe, 1993).

Lyons, Thomas P. & Victor Nee (eds.) The Economic Transformation of South China: Reform & Development in the Post-Mao Era (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Program, 1994).

Ma, Jian. Red Dust: A Path Through China (trans. Flora Drew; NY: Pantheon, 2001).

Madsen, Richard. Morality & Power in a Chinese Village (Berkeley: U. California, 1987).

Meisner, Maurice J. Mao's China & After: A History of the People's Republic (3rd ed.; NY: Free Press, 1999).

Nathan, Andrew J. Chinese Democracy (Berkeley: U. California, 1987).

Nee, Victor & David Mozingo (eds.) State & Society in Contemporary China (NY: Cornell, 1983).

__________ & David Stark (eds.) Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism: China & Eastern Europe (Stanford: Stanford U, 1989).

Pan, Lynn. Into China's Heart. An Emigre's Journey along the Yellow River (NY: Weatherhill, 1985).

__________. The New Chinese Revolution (Chicago: Contemporary, 1987).

__________. Tracing it Home: A Chinese Journey (NY: Kodansha, 1993).

Perry, Elizabeth J. & Mark Selden. Chinese Society: Change, Conflict & Resistance (NY: Routledge, 2000).

Pieke, Frank N. & Hein Malle (eds.) Internal & International Migration: Chinese Perspectives (Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 2000).

Salisbury, Harrison. Tiananmen Diary: 13 Days in June (Boston: Little, Brown, 1989).

Schell, Orville & David Shambaugh. The China Reader: The Reform Era (NY: Vintage, 1999).

Schram, Stuart R. Ideology & Policy in China since the Third Plenum, 1978-1984 (London: U. London, 1984).

__________ (ed.) The Scope of State Power in China (NY: St. Martin's, 1985).

Sheel, Kamal. Peasant Society & Marxist Intellectuals in China. Fang Zhimin & the Origin of a Revolutionary Movement in the Xinjiang Region (Princeton: Princeton U, 1989).

Solinger, Dorothy. Contesting Citizenship in Urban China (Berkeley: U. California, 1999).

Tanner, Murray Scot. The Politics of Lawmaking in Post-Mao China: Institutions, Processes, and Democratic Prospects (NY: Oxford, 1998).

Terrill, Ross. China in Our Time: The Epic Saga of the People's Republic from the Communist Victory to Tienanmen Square & Beyond (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992).

Tsou, Tang. The Cultural Revolution & Post-Mao Reforms. A Historical Perspective (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1985).

Tucker, Nancy Bernkopf. Dangerous Strait: The US-Taiwan-China Crisis (NY: Columbia, 2005).

Tung, Rosalie. Chinese Industrial Society after Mao (Lexington MA, 1982).

Weil, Robert. Red Cat, White Cat: China & the Contradictions of "Market Socialism" (NY: Monthly Review, 1996).

Weston, Timothy & Lionel Jensen (eds.) China: Beyond the Headlines (NY, 2000).

Wong, Jan. Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now (NY: Anchor, 1996).

Xinran. The Good Women of China (NY: Pantheon, 2002). Starkly revealing personal stories of contemporary Beijing life, gathered by a pioneering (& now self-exiled) radio journalist.

Xinxin, Zhang & Sang Ye. Chinese Lives: An Oral History of Contemporary China (eds. W.J.F. Jenner & Delia Davin; NY: Pantheon, 1987).

Yan, Yunxiang. Private Life Under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, & Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 (Stanford: Stanford U, 2003).

Zhang, Li. Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power & Social Networks Within China's Floating Population (Stanford: Stanford, 2001.

Zhou, Kate. How the Farmers Changed China: Power of the People (Boulder: Westview, 1996).

In the Library: Fiction

Barrett, Andrea. The Middle Kingdom (NY: Washington Square, 1991).

Bushman, Jennifer Scheel & Jean Artley Szymanski. Hard Sleeper: A Novel of Old & New China (?: Lost Coast, 2003).

Jin, Ha. The Crazed (NY: Schocken, 2002).

Li Yiyun. "Extra," New Yorker (12/22-26/03).

Ying, Hong. Summer of Betrayal (NY: Grove, 1997). Beijing in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square.

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Beijing Bicycle" [2001], dir. Wang Xiaoshuai, 113m. In video stores. Country boy lost in gang world of big city.

"Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang)" [2001], dir. Yimou Zhang, 95m.

"Moving the Mountain" [1994?], dir. Michael Apted, ?m. Reconstructs events of Tiananmen Square in 1989 through testimonies of five participants.

"Shower" [1999], dir. Yang Zhang, 92m. In video stores. Traditional urban bath-house community battered by winds of change.

"So Close to Paradise" [1998], dir. Wang Xiaoshuai, 90m. From First Run Features. Country boys in big-city underworld.

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