This program is read by the author. The author, in his 20s, who is fluent in Chinese, examines the future of China through the lens of the Jiu Ling Hou - the generation born after 1990. A close-up look at the Chinese generation born after 1990, exploring through personal encounters how young Chinese feel about everything from money and sex to their government, the West, and China’s shifting role in the world - not to mention their love affair with food, karaoke, and travel. Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. From single-child pressure to test-taking madness and the frenzy to buy an apartment as a prerequisite to marriage, from one-night stands to an evolving understanding of family, Young China offers a fascinating portrait of the generation who will define what it means to be Chinese in the modern era. Zak Dychtwald was 20 when he first landed in China. He spent years deeply immersed in the culture, learning the language and hanging out with his peers in apartment shares and hostels, on long train rides, and over endless restaurant meals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zak Dychtwald. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/003469/bk_aren_003469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Xiaolu Guo has traveled further than most to become who she needed to be. Now, as she experiences the birth of her daughter in a London maternity ward surrounded by women from all over the world, she looks back on that journey. It begins in the fishing village shack on the East China Sea where her illiterate grandparents raised her, and brings her to a rapidly changing Beijing, full of contradictions: a thriving underground art scene amid mass censorship, curious Westerners who held out affection only to disappear back home. Eventually Xiaolu determined to see the world beyond China for herself, and now, after 15 years in Europe, her words resonate with the insight of someone both an outsider and at home, in a world far beyond the country of her birth. Nine Continents presents a fascinating portrait of China in the 80s and 90s, how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country´s economic ambitions gave rise to great change. It is also a moving testament to the birth of a creative spirit, and of a new generation being raised to become citizens of the world. It confirms Xiaolu Guo as one of world literature´s most urgent voices. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001392/bk_high_001392_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new—and unforgettable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013823/bk_adbl_013823_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of China is as rich and strange as that of any country on earth. Yet for many, China’s history remains unknown, or known only through the stylized images that generations in the West have cherished or reviled as truth. With his command of character and event - the product of 30 years of research and reflection in the field - Spence dispels those myths in a powerful narrative. Over four centuries of Chinese history, from the waning days of the once-glorious Ming Dynasty to Deng Xiaoping’s bloody suppression of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Spence fashions the astonishing story of the effort to achieve a modern China. Through the ideas and emotions of its reformist Confucian scholars, its poets, novelists, artists, and visionary students, we see one of the world’s oldest cultures struggling to define itself as Chinese and modern. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frederick Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005244/bk_blak_005244_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forty years ago in China, marriage was universal, compulsory, and a woman´s only means to a livelihood. Enter the one-child policy, which despite its horrors, resulted in China´s first generations of urban only-daughters - girls who were raised without brothers and pushed to study, achieve, and succeed as if they were sons. Fast forward to the present, where in an urbanized economic powerhouse, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage - or not marry at all - to spawn a label: ´´leftovers´´. Unprecedentedly well-educated and goal-oriented, they struggle to find partners in a society where gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as the society itself. Part critique of China´s paternalistic ideals, part playful portrait of the romantic travails of China´s trailblazing women, Roseann Lake´s Leftover in China employs colorful anecdotes, hundreds of interviews, and rigorous historical and demographic research to show how the ´´leftovers´´ are the ultimate linchpin to China´s future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet Song. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001979/bk_high_001979_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birthrates would help lift China´s poorest and increase the country´s global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers. Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy´s repercussions on every sector of Chinese society. In One Child, she explores its true human impact, traveling across China to meet the people who live with its consequences. Their stories reveal a dystopian reality: unauthorized second children ignored by the state, only children supporting aging parents and grandparents on their own, villages teeming with ineligible bachelors, and an ungoverned adoption market stretching across the globe. Fong tackles questions that have major implications for China´s future: whether its ´´Little Emperor´´ cohort will make for an entitled or risk-averse generation; how China will manage to support itself when one in every four people is over 65 years old; and, above all, how much the one-child policy may end up hindering China´s growth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet Song. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/005656/bk_tant_005656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet your new global consumer You´ve heard of the burgeoning consumer markets in China and India that are driving the world economy. But do you know enough about these new consumers to convert them into customers? Do you know that: There will be nearly one billion middle-class consumers in China and India within the next ten years? More than 135 million Chinese and Indians will graduate from college in this timeframe, compared to just 30 million in the United States? By 2020, 68 percent of Chinese households and 57 percent of Indian households will be in the middle and upper classes? The number of billionaires in China has grown from 1 to 115 in the past decade alone? In The $10 Trillion Prize, bestselling author Michael J. Silverstein and The Boston Consulting Group colleagues in China and India provide the first comprehensive profile of the emerging middle class, primed to transform the global marketplace. Already the worlds biggest buyers of cars, mobile phones, appliances, and more, these consumers are eager for more products and services. In fact, it´s estimated that by 2020, consumers in China and India will generate about $10 trillion of total annual revenue for companies selling to them. Only by fully comprehending the forces driving this new generation of consumers will your company be able to capitalize on the opportunities their buying power represents. Insightful and backed by rigorous research, this audiobook takes you inside the hearts and minds of today’s emerging Chinese and Indian consumers positioning your company to win as the next wave of global affluence reaches the marketplace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Hagen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000865/bk_gdan_000865_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did it happen? The China Collectors is the first full account of a century-long treasure hunt in China from the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion to Mao Zedong´s 1949 ascent. The principal gatherers are mostly little known and defy invention. They included ´´foreign devils´´ who braved desert sandstorms, bandits, and local warlords in acquiring significant works. Adventurous curators like Langdon Warner, a forebear of Indiana Jones, argued that the caves of Dunhuang were already threatened by vandals, thereby justifying the removal of frescoes and sculptures. Other Americans include George Kates, an alumnus of Harvard, Oxford, and Hollywood, who fell in love with Ming furniture. The Chinese were divided between dealers who profited from the artworks´ removal and scholars who sought to protect their country´s patrimony. Duanfang, the greatest Chinese collector of his era, was beheaded in a coup, and his splendid bronzes now adorn major museums. Others in this rich tapestry include Charles Lang Freer, an enlightened Detroit entrepreneur; two generations of Rockefellers; Avery Brundage, the imperious Olympian; and Arthur Sackler, the grand acquisitor. No less important are two museum directors, Cleveland´s Sherman Lee and Kansas City´s Laurence Sickman, who challenged the East Coast´s hegemony. Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer evenhandedly consider whether ancient treasures were looted or salvaged and whether it was morally acceptable to spirit hitherto inaccessible objects westward, where they could be studied and preserved by trained museum personnel. And how should the US and Canada and their museums respond now that China has the means and will to reclaim its missing patrimony? 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024595/bk_adbl_024595_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ausgewählte Artikel aus der ZEIT Geschichte zum Thema ´´Das Ende des Kaiserreichs´´: Amt, Würden und Melonen: 1905 werden die konfuzianischen Beamtenprüfungen abgeschafft. Über Jahrhunderte waren sie eine der wichtigsten Institutionen des Kaiserreichs. Von Wolfgang Kubin. Der überstürzte Aufbruch: Im Handstreich beendete die Revolution von 1911 das chinesische Kaiserreich. Vordenker hatte sie viele - doch im entscheidenden Moment fehlte ihr ein Anführer. Von Julia Lovell. Jetzt ist es an uns: Chinesen aus drei Generationen erzählen ihre Geschichte: Vom Aufbruch unter Mao, von den Verheerungen der Kulturrevolution und von ihrem Leben im Turbokapitalismus des 21. Jahrhunderts. Von Mao Yushi, Hung Huang und Kun Kun. Das Land muss neu geformt werden: Mao Zedong einte China nach den Jahren des Bürgerkriegs. Doch sein Triumph mündete in eine Schreckensherrschaft, die Millionen Menschen Chaos, Hunger und den Tod brachte. Von Theo Sommer. Triumph der Barbaren: Rauschgifthandel, Kriege, Strafexpeditionen: Im 19. Jahrhundert zwingen die westlichen Mächte China zur Öffnung seiner Märkte und dringen gewaltsam bis in die Kaiserstadt vor. Das einstige Weltreich scheint dem Untergang geweiht. Von Nele Noesselt. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Martin Sailer. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zeit/120101/bk_zeit_120101_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Recession Election´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg: The midterm elections. THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´O LeBron, My LeBron!´´, by Ben McGrath: An unusual poetry contest in the Sunshine State. ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY´´The Online Threat´´, by Seymour Hersh: The growing cyber-threat to America’s civilian and military infrastructure.ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS´´Funny Person´´, by Kelefa Sanneh: A first-generation American comedian who’s fast becoming a household name.BOOKS´´Groovin´ High´´, by David Remnick: A review of Keith Richard´s Life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/101027/pe_nyer_101027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.