Society & Culture
The Final Conflict
A Stanford historian views the clash between East and West from a long perspective, and argues that we face an immediate choice — East-West cooperation or catastrophe.
Under a Fishbone Clouds
In Sam Meekings’s fable-like first novel, a couple’s devotion is tested during Mao’s Cultural Revolution and beyond.
China, 1946: the Japanese occupation is over, and the people of Fushun are wondering when prosperity will return. But 16-year-old Yuying is anticipating the answer to her own big question — what her new husband will be like.
The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You by Helen Wang
Reviewed by Benjamin A Shobert
The author argues that the mainland's rising middle class is essential to the economic health of both China and the United States, as well as to China's future political liberalization. Underneath all this, her book also strikes a poignant note about America's lost optimism.