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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073460
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

Getting Rich First

Life in a Changing China




'A gripping account of modern China’s transformation: Duncan Hewitt introduces us to the new Chinese -- the entrepreneurs and the migrant workers, the ambitious students and the young lovers, the real estate agents and restaurant owners, the performance artists and those who search for new faiths. This is living history written from the inside.'
John Gittings (author of The Changing Face of China).

The peasant revolutionary turned lifestyle guru, the former Shaolin monk working on a Shanghai building site, the once-conservative father running a gay hotline - and the teenagers who just want to dress up as their favourite Japanese cartoon characters.

Welcome to the new China, a nation in motion, where whole streets are rebuilt in a week, car ownership is soaring, education goes private and rural workers migrate to the cities in search of a better life. It is a transformation that has swept through the country since the first economic reforms of the 1980s, when Deng Xiaoping announced that China would have to 'let some of the people get rich first'. But while many have benefited under the new 'aspiration nation,' others are struggling to keep up in what is now one of the most divided societies on earth.

Former BBC correspondent Duncan Hewitt lives and works in China and has witnessed first hand the impact and speed of these vast social and economic upheavals. His timely book speaks with the voices of everyday people as they learn to adapt to one of the most rapid transformations in human history.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073460
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Duncan Hewitt

Born in 1966, Duncan Hewitt spent his first year in China from 1986-7, while studying Chinese at Edinburgh University.He went on to work as the BBC's China correspondent as well as writing for the Guardian, Observer and The Far Eastern Economic Review. He currently writes for Newsweek and divides his time between England and Shanghai.


Praise for Getting Rich First

“A brilliant insider's account of life in the new China”

Sunday Times

“Lively and human portrait of a society living in extraordinarily interesting times”

Scotsman

“Perceptive, detailed and entertaining”

TLS

“A gripping account of modern China's transformation: Duncan Hewitt introduces us to the new Chinese - the entrepreneurs and the migrant workers, the ambitious students and the young lovers, the real estate agents and restaurant owners, the performance artists and those who search for new faiths. This is living history written from the inside.”

John Gittings, author of 'The Changing Face of China'


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