Year of China
Ha Jin’s darkest fear about China is that the control-freak regime he fled 25 years ago has enough cash on hand to buy a lease on life — in Washington and the West, at the expense of its people. The “myth” of an imperial rivalry with the US seems laughable to him…
Leslie Chang says the great epic of China's transformation is untold. "The Charles Dickens of China today is doing real estate."
Amitav Ghosh is the epic novelist of empire and addiction. His version of Britain's Opium Wars suggest also the US's Oil Wars.
Peter Hessler's patient grazing in China for the New Yorker magazine makes you wonder if such rapid growth is good for people.