By Marte Kjær Galtung
Communism is lifeless in China. "China Inc." is procuring up the realm. China has the us over a barrel. The chinese language are only copycats. China is an environmental baddie, China is colonizing Africa. Mao used to be a monster. the tip of the Communist regime is close to. The twenty first century belongs to China. Or does it? Marte Kjær Galtung and Stig Stenslie spotlight forty nine established myths approximately China's earlier, current, and destiny and weigh their fact or fiction. prime an enlightening and pleasing journey, the authors debunk frequent "knowledge" approximately chinese language tradition, society, politics, and economic system. now and again, chinese language themselves motivate fallacious impressions. yet a lot of those myths are quite approximately how we Westerners see ourselves, inasmuch as China or the chinese language everyone is depicted as what we aren't. Western perceptions of the empire within the East have for hundreds of years oscillated among sinophilia and sinophobia, motivated by means of old adjustments within the West up to by means of occasions in...
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Well, that was progress for you. Chen heaved a sigh of relief as the data scrolled across the screen; at least he'd done it properly this time and the screen hadn't ended up oozing onto the floor. Moving the pen with care across the surface of the screen, Chen called up a list of the city's death records over the course of the last month. Pearl Tang's name was among them, and so were the names of a number of young girls. Chen frowned, and scrolled through the records of the spring, summoning up coroners' reports and trying to discern patterns.
Chen smiled. "You probably already have. " Ma whispered. "Usually, if you die in a normal manner, an officer comes to you with a warrant, and takes you to the Night Harbor, which is where the boat leaves for the other worlds. In other places in China, it's different—you might find yourself going down into a cave, for example—but here, because we're a coastal city, we're closely bound in with the feng shui of the sea and so souls have to cross the Sea of Night in order to enter one of the other realms.
She smiled slightly, and her hands were clasped about the Miucci purse that rested in her silken lap. At first, Chen thought she was wearing gloves, but then he saw that the skin of her hands was blood-red. "I found her like that an hour ago," Tang said mournfully. " Chen approached the motionless woman and crouched on his heels in front of her. Her eyes were wide open, and behind them he could see a curious gilded film. He glanced over his shoulder to find out where the light was coming from, only to find that the door was shut and the only illumination came from one of the chandeliers at the other end of the room, behind Mrs Tang.
49 Myths about China by Marte Kjær Galtung