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China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power


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ISBN10: 1400064678
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Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down.

In this utterly surprising and deeply personal book, acclaimed National Public Radio reporter Rob Gifford, a fluent Mandarin speaker, takes the dramatic journey along Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Gifford reveals the rich mosaic of modern Chinese life in all its contradictions, as he poses the crucial questions that all of us are asking about China: Will it really be the next global superpower? Is it as solid and as powerful as it looks from the outside? And who are the ordinary Chinese people, to whom the twenty-first century is supposed to belong?

Gifford is not alone on his journey. The largest migration in human history is taking place along highways such as Route 312, as tens of millions of people leave their homes in search of work. He sees signs of the booming urban economy everywhere, but he also uncovers many of the countrys frailties, and some of the deep-seated problems that could derail Chinas rise.

The whole compelling adventure is told through the cast of colorful characters Gifford meets: garrulous talk-show hosts and ambitious yuppies, impoverished peasants and tragic prostitutes, cell-phone salesmen, AIDS patients, and Tibetan monks. He rides with members of a Shanghai jeep club, hitchhikes across the Gobi desert, and sings karaoke with migrant workers at truck stops along the way.

As he recounts his travels along Route 312, Rob Gifford gives a face to what has historically, for Westerners, been a faceless country and breathes life into a nation that is so often reduced to economic statistics. Finally, he sounds a warning that all is not well in the Chinese heartlands, that serious problems lie ahead, and that the future of the West has become inextricably linked with the fate of 1.3 billion Chinese people.

“Informative, delightful, and powerfully moving . . . Rob Giffords acute powers of observation, his sense of humor and adventure, and his determination to explore the wrenching dilemmas of Chinas explosive development open readers eyes and reward their minds.”

-Robert A. Kapp, president, U.S.-China Business Council, 1994-2004


"Just three decades ago, China was a remote and mysterious land far removed from daily life in the United States, much like North Korea today. Children were told that if they dug a deep hole in the sand they might reach China. Their parents held vague and frightening images of a nation of ant-like workers, a massive population garbed in baggy blue uniforms and brainwashed into hatred of America. When... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)


National Public Radio's Beijing bureau chief takes a journey along Route 312--China's equivalent of America's Route 66--to give readers an up-close-and-personal look at the country's people and awe-inspiring future.

About the Author

Rob Gifford first went to China in 1987 as a twenty-year-old language student. He has spent much of the last twenty years studying and reporting there. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Beijing correspondent of National Public Radio, and he traveled all over China and the rest of Asia reporting for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He is now NPRs London bureau chief.

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Ben Pearlman, June 30, 2007 (view all comments by Ben Pearlman)
Having visited China 14 times, I was absolutely enthralled by the many, many new gems of information I found in this fascinating book. Now, on my next trip, I will definitely duplicate at least part of the authors journey.
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A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
Gifford, Rob
Random House
Social life and customs
Economic Conditions
International - Economics
International Relations - General
Essays & Travelogues
Asia - China
China Social life and customs.
China Description and travel.
Economics - International
Travel Writing-General
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