By Steven W. Mosher
Having lived for 2 years between chinese language villagers, an anthropologist illuminates the styles and info in their lives and analyzes the consequences of political corruption, a black marketplace economic climate, and a crusade of coerced contraception.
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China—Rural conditions. I. Title. 0951 83-47982 ISBN 0-02-921700-8 eISBN-13: 978-1-439-11967-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-029-21720-7 ISBN 0-02-921720-2 pbk. For Huiya Contents Preface 1. Introduction: Beyond the Chinese Shadow Play 2. Village Life: The Chinese Peasant at Home 3. The System: The Iron Cage of Bureaucracy 4. Corruption: The Art of Going in the Back Door 5. Childhood: Learning to Be Chinese and Communist 6. Youth: Coming of Age in the Cultural Revolution 7. Sex, Love, and Marriage: Public Repression, Covert Expression 8.
The impossibility of foreigners’ having any sort of a normal social life while living in China was brought home to me by a phone conversation I happened to overhear in the lobby of the Dongfang Hotel between a young American exchange student at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou and his father in New York. “My Chinese is coming along good,” he began, “a little slower than I had hoped but still OK. ” His voice started quavering, and he started pleading with his father to let him come home over the summer.
This general awareness that unsanctioned, spontaneous contact with Westerners might lead to trouble with the public security hierarchy serves as a powerful deterrent to approaching foreigners. Chinese are not impetuous—the Chinese equivalent of the American “Think twice” is a prudent “Think thrice” and few have the temerity to risk the displeasure of the authorities. Those few urban Chinese who seek out such contact, or who accept glancing, one-time encounters if they are somehow private or can be explained away, are all in some way unusual—former Red Guards, intellectuals, young people, emigrating Chinese, or those with relatives in Hong Kong or overseas.