Tide Players by Jianying Zha
The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China

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Tide Players depicts a new generation of entrepreneurs and intellectuals in a rapidly transforming China through six sharply etched and nuanced profiles which capture both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in contemporary Beijing.

The cast of characters includes: an unlikely couple who teamed up to become the country’s leading real estate mogul; a gifted chameleon who transformed himself from Mao’s favorite “barefoot doctor” during the Cultural Revolution to a publishing maverick; a tycoon of home electronic chain stores who insisted on avenging his mother, “a counter-revolutionary criminal” executed in the most brutal manner. Zha also brings us to the intellectuals: the cantankerous professors at Beida, China’s number-one university; a famous, prolific writer who, after stepping down as the cultural minister, kept people divided about whether he is an apologist for the Chinese Communist Party or a great author that might one day win a Nobel Prize in literature. Then there is the heart-rending story of Zha’s own brother, a dissident who served a nine-year prison term for helping to found the China Democracy Party, yet remains an unrepentant idealist.

About Jianying Zha

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Jianying Zha is a writer, media critic, and China representative of the India China Institute, The New School University, New York. She is the author of one book in English, --China Pop, and five books in Chinese: three collections of fiction and two nonfiction books, including --The Eighties, an award-winning cultural retrospective on 1980s China. She has published widely in both Chinese and English, including the --New Yorker, the --New York Times,--Dushu, and--Wanxiang. She received her BA from Peking University, MA from the University of South Carolina, and M.Phil from Columbia University. She lives in Beijing and New York.
Published March 29, 2011 by New Press, The. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A chapter on married real-estate developers, nicknamed “The Turtles,” provides a good window into Chinese-style gentrification: “Developers are regarded as China’s robber barons, men who have taken advantage of the muddled transition to capitalism by means of guanxi (connections), bribery, and fr...

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It's a conflict that exists at the heart of Chinese contemporary culture, and one Zha illuminates through interviews with writers and academics dodging or suffering censorship, her own political dissident brother languishing in jail, or Zhang Dazhong, who, motivated by the political imprisonment ...

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