Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha by Lincoln Kaye
and Other Encounters in China and Tibet

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Adventures in a nation on the road

Long caricatured as a land of stagnant traditions or lockstep Maoist conformity, China today is a country on the move. Literally—China's new migrant labor pool, known as the "blind river," logs in more road miles and piecework hours than any other workforce in the world—but also mentally and spiritually, as more and more Chinese search for some new faith, whether Maoist, Buddhist, humanist, or laissez-faire - to fill in where decaying Party ideology leaves off. The new China, where religious pilgrims cross paths with born-again capitalists and uprooted communards, is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment.

The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims: wandering farmhands, itinerant actors, a qi gong guru, a careerist policeman, a muckraking lawyer, a die-hard revolutionary agitator, a Taiwanese con man, a Tibetan lama, and many more. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.
 

About Lincoln Kaye

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Lincoln Kaye has headed the "Far Eastern Economic Review" bureaus in six Asian countries, including five years in China. He has also written for "The Wall Street Journal, Slate" and "The Nations," He and Hsu Mei-Lang have been married for twenty-five years.
 
Published January 29, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 480 pages
Genres: Travel. Non-fiction

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Set free from editorial constraints that have bound him in his 15-year career as a journalist at the Far Eastern Economic Review, Kaye takes the time in this account of his adventures as a China correspondent to devote long passages to rarely noted attributes of the country, from the fragrance o...

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