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Buy Me the Sky
Author: Xinran

ISBN: 9781846044731
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27 June 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.6
Description:
Xinran shares fascinating true stories of the impact of the single-child policy on whole generations of Chinese young people today

With journalistic acumen and a novelist's flair, Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the recent generations raised under China's single-child policy. At a time when the country continues to transform at the speed of light, these generations of precious 'one and onlies' are burdened with expectation, yet have often been brought up without any sense of responsibility. Within their families, they are revered as 'little emperors' and 'suns', although such cosseting can come at a high price: isolation, confusion and an inability to deal with life's challenges.

From the businessman's son unable to pack his own suitcase, to the PhD student who pulled herself out of extreme rural poverty, Xinran shows how these generations embody the hopes and fears of a great nation at a time of unprecedented change. It is a time of fragmentation, heart-breaking and inspiring in equal measure, in which capitalism vies with communism, the city with the countryside and Western opportunity with Eastern tr...

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