China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power

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China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power

China Road A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power National Public Radio s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route the Chinese Mother Road the longest route in the world s most populous nation Based on his successful N

  • Title: China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power
  • Author: Rob Gifford
  • ISBN: 9780786157907
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Audio CD
  • National Public Radio s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world s most populous nation Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford s twenty years of observing firsthand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China s borNational Public Radio s Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world s most populous nation Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford s twenty years of observing firsthand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China s border with Kazakhstan As he takes the reader on this journey, he will also take us through China s past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation s potential future.

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    1. Leanna on said:

      Several years ago, I listened to Rob Gifford’s series "On the Road in China" on NPR. Three of my siblings (or siblings-in-law) have lived in Asia, and though I’ve never traveled in the area, I was fascinated by his series.With this in mind, I intended to read Gifford’s China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power when it first came out last year. However, my local library did not immediately add it to its collection, so I forgot about the book.Until I read The Geography of Bliss [...]

    2. Julie Christine on said:

      For a reader such as I, who knows so little about China, this was an excellent and accessible overview. As he experiences the tidal wave of hyper-modernity that begins in the eastern cities and rushes into the remote western deserts and mountains, Gifford offers neat bytes of China's immense history. The bibliography is a trove to mine. Upon finishing the book I had a solid grasp of China's possibilities of growth and tumult respective of its past cultural and political development. ANd I yearn [...]

    3. Dan on said:

      Rather than trying to capture all of China, Gifford takes us along on a guided road-trip; a backpack-toting, hostel-sleeping, diesel-driving, 3000 mile journey through modern China. It is, by his account, a nation divided: obsessed with a future improbable enough to be terrifying, and bound by a past whose release could be fatal.This is not a scholarly work (though there are some elements of that), but a personal account of the lives of real people: a roomful of villagers infected with AIDS by b [...]

    4. Barbara on said:

      After living in China for a while, I've come to dislike almost all western reporting on China. While it's rarely factually wrong, it generally misses the point. I'm looking at you, CNN.This book is one of the handful of exceptions. Rob Gifford is well respected here as a true China expert, and his book gives a true and vivid picture of modern China, with all its contradictions. He uses the device of traveling along Route 312, a 3000 mile road that connects Shanghai with the Western Chinese borde [...]

    5. Paul Holbrook on said:

      Rob Gifford convinced me that China an enigma to much of the world for good reason, not just because of our ignorance. Points that stuck with me:First, China is a collection of ethnic minorities, some of whom have almost nothing to do with the rest of China except by political fiat. Head west in China, as Rob Gifford did, and you find yourself with people who are being swamped by the Han Chinese, the 92% ethnic majority. We have nothing quite like that in the US.Second, China's relationship betw [...]

    6. bsc on said:

      I found this book to be fascinating. Knowing relatively little about China, this was a very eye-opening book.The premise is that Gifford, a journalist with many years spent in China, travels Route 312 from the coast of China all the way the Kazakhstan border. The journey is filled with conversations with the Chinese people he meets. Along the way, he educates the reader in Chinese history. Much more emotionally charged than I was expecting, but it is also very funny and entertaining.

    7. Zhifei Ge on said:

        I've been reading quite a lot of books on China, not simply because I love this country, but I've never had a unified opinion about China. My own attitude towards China has always been self-contradictory. This travelogue just echoes my confusion with lively and thought-provoking anecdotes.      The travel starts from Shanghai and ends in the Gobi Dessert along the Route 312. In the first few chapters, Rob is still near the coastal areas and stories of successful Shanghai have been [...]

    8. Pauline on said:

      Just got back from a tour of the Mainland and one of my travelmates lent me this book while we were there. I read it on the train and it was neat to follow our progress on the map and in the stories. Gifford's book gives wonderful background into past and modern day China. As a Chinese American, I also appreciated the explanations of common terms that I've heard my parents' use, like "lao bai xing" - old hundred names. I liked how Gifford makes the point that we Westerners should not judge China [...]

    9. coffeedog on said:

      British author Rob Gifford, fluent in Mandarin, with 20 years experience in China as a student and journalist, decides to travel Route 312 from Shanghai to Korgaz (China's border with Kazakhstan). Devoting a summer to this 3000-mile trip via buses and taxis, he brings his career experience to ponder the questions of China's future. [return][return]Talking with ordinary people of many ethnic, economic and social identities, and putting today's China into historical context, the result is informat [...]

    10. Rāhul on said:

      Rob Gifford, a long-time foreign correspondent in China, writes this travelogue of his journey from Shanghai to the far reaches of China's borders with the Turkic peoples in central Asia. Gifford, a Mandarin speaking American, travels on Route 312 first along the Yangtze, then northwards, further through the Gansu corridor and finally in the deserts of China's Xinjiang. The Chinese are optimistic, and they are eager to show off their national rejuvenation to a sympathetic Mandarin-speaking white [...]

    11. Ettore1207 on said:

      Gifford ha vissuto in Cina dal 1987 e quindi è un grande conoscitore di questo immenso Paese. Nel libro descrive un viaggio di oltre 4000 km lungo la Route 312, una strada che taglia l'intero territorio cinese da est (Shanghai) a ovest (confine con il Kazakistan). Un bel libro ricco di descrizioni vivide di cos'è la Cina oggi (e di com'era nell'antichità), di acute osservazioni personali ed interpretazioni. Gifford pone l'accento sui cambiamenti molto rapidi, o forse troppo rapidi, che stanno [...]

    12. Mag on said:

      A travelogue from the journey made along Route 312- sort of Chinese Route 66- from Shanghai to Kazakhstan’s border, chronicling the changes the post Mao communist regime and globalization have brought to the country. Gifford made the trip east to west and through the Gobi desert along the former Silk Road the way the locals do- mostly by bus, hailed truck, carpooling with others, or by taxi. On the way, he spoke to ordinary people he met: truck drivers, restaurant owners, fellow bus passengers [...]

    13. Heidi on said:

      Just before packing up and leaving China for good, NPR foreign correspondent Rob Gifford bused and hitchhiked his way along China's 5000 kilometer Route 312. Route 312 spans the country from east to west, from the modern city of Shanghai, through the industrial areas along the coast, alongside the poor rural farmers in China's central region, and right through the Gobi Desert. Along the way, Gifford (who is fluent in Mandarin) talked to the local people and made his own observations about China' [...]

    14. Ray Smith on said:

      A rather boring and very annoying book. I was expecting a travelogue like Paul Theroux's excellent Riding the Iron Rooster, but instead, the book's broken down so:20% -- real-life stories Gifford encounters on his trip, which are almost never interesting.30% -- recycled historical stories about China, stuff I've heard 1000 times before.50% -- Gifford's endless and sweeping pronouncements about China, which are never original or interesting. This is stuff I've heard 100,000 times before (Tibet, d [...]

    15. Ethan Cramer-Flood on said:

      A perfect book for the China generalist. Entertaining, enlightening, wide-ranging, smoothly presented. Just the right helpings of culture, politics, history, quirk, engaging anecdotes, moving stories, enlightening revelations, social commentary, etc. If you want to know a whole lot more about all the facets of modern China -- rather than just focusing on the politics as I often do -- this book is a great way to start. Yes, it will tell you a lot about the political situation, but it will also se [...]

    16. Sherri on said:

      Fabulous book! After living in China for 20 years, former NPR journalist, Rob Gifford, took a summer long trip from Shanghai to China's western boarder on Kazakhstan along route 312 (which he compares to America's Route 66), before leaving China to go back to Europe. Gifford documents his trip in this book, slipping in some of his thoughts and impressions about China and the future of China formed after living there for 20 years and witnessing the incredible pace of change and development. The b [...]

    17. Jeremy on said:

      I know next to nothing about China, and Gifford's book is a nice way to sort of skim through the impossibly broad array of cultural and socio/political issues and shifts which make it up. Unlike most people who write about China, he's actually more interested in the Chinese people he meets than in the Chinese economy, which no one actually knows what to make of (including most Chinese). He also does a lot to illuminate the historical tensions between Chinese peasants and the centralized ruling p [...]

    18. Sarah on said:

      Incrediballz. Definitely a worth-while read. Super informative about the transition of power in modern China and the struggles the CCP is facing and will face in the near future. Plus, it all becomes quite personalized; you meet the most wonderful characters along Route 312 - from Wu Faliang who is struggling with the western pursuit of survival to Princess Pinky who is chasing the eastern pursuit of happiness; from the Han, the Mongols, the Tibetans, the Uighurs, and every ethnicity in between; [...]

    19. Orlaith on said:

      This is the book to read before you go to China. I loved it - he blends the personal with the historical (told in an accessible way) and sociological. It's not a hagiography but clearly he loves China - warts and all. I knew nothing about the blood scandal in Henan where villages are almost wiped out from selling blood in the 90s and there was cross-contamination. This blood was for Western pharmaceutical companies. Of course there was a huge cover-up. Rob Gifford is rightly angry about it.Don't [...]

    20. Annalee on said:

      Great Book! I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the history, present and possible future of China and how this could affect us in the US. The author, an NPR correspondent in China for six years, took a road trip along the equivalent of US's Route 66 from Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan, traveling by taxi, bus and hitchhiking. I found the stories of the people he met and his insight on China's history fascinating.

    21. Mari on said:

      Rob Gifford, a longtime journalist in Bejing, follows Rte 312 the 3000 mile long Old Silk Road from Shanghai to Kazihstan. His knowledge of Mandarin facilitates conversations that are at time poingnant, humorous and educational.

    22. Kate on said:

      Covers the most recent/contemporary territory of all the books on China I've read so far. I especially appreciated his portraits of the Chinese people he spent time with--a good mix of political/social/economic analyses and personal human stories.

    23. Eveline Chao on said:

      not the best of the china books out there, but there are a few thought-provoking and interesting scenes and ideas. mostly though i felt like just when you had finally come upon an interesting character, the book only dwelled on them for a moment before skipping on to the next part of the journey.

    24. Melinda on said:

      Absolutely excellent. Outstanding. I took notes especially on chapter 9, "Power". I quote here from the book the sections that struck me as incredibly significant."There are many ways in which China was far ahead of Europe, in terms of technological development and prosperity. But for some reason, their system never developed any real checks on state power, and since in the West these checks did emerge, it has become a point of real contention between the two sides. The subject of human rights w [...]

    25. Andrea James on said:

      I have gaping holes in my knowledge about China. Gigantic gaping holes. Come to think of it, those gargantuan holes exist in just about every other subject too. But I suppose part of me wants to take a slightly greater interest in China. I feel saddened that I can barely speak Mandarin anymore. Almost 25 years of being in the UK and not having any friends who speak Mandarin has eroded whatever I knew before I left Singapore.I'm also, like probably most people, blown away by the magnitude of the [...]

    26. Tolu on said:

      Reading is absolutely in my top 5 when it comes to hobbies. I really want to get into doing more book reviews here (think I’ve only done one…) Every now and again, my church bring out new recommended books to be read, which is so amazing for me. This one caught my eye (bold cover and all that). I thought I would try a different book for once. Back in school, History was never a strong subject for me. Only certain topics, and only if they were taught in a visual way. If a teacher just stood t [...]

    27. Brian on said:

      This was a fascinating account of Rob Gifford's journey through China, from Shanghai to Kazakhstan along Route 312. It was a journey he took by himself, mostly in the summers of 2006 and 2007, before ending his tenure as NPR correspondent in China. I was impressed at his courage in taking such a journey, especially since he did it mostly by bus, or hitching rides with truckers, or by hiring cars for short stretches. As he describes his travels through the various regions, he intermingled the per [...]

    28. Vettecat on said:

      Author traveled on Hwy. 312 the main highway China built to connect the eastern part of the country to the western side. His personal insight on this trip gave me a much broader and honest view of where China really stands in economic and social development. His conversations with the farmer who still uses a ox and plow to the businessman seeking success in those cities outside of the huge tourist destination cities were all so interesting. He uses some humor in his experiences while traveling a [...]

    29. V on said:

      This book is worth reading. It reads something like a people's history of a moment, and provides plenty of context that propels the reader beyond the book. Whether or not the reader sees it as biased in one way or another will probably depend on the reader's own perspective. Personally, I grew sometimes impatient with the author's rhapsodizing about what constitutes "Chineseness", and the oversimplification of the social and economic situations in modern Japan and South Korea. The book is at its [...]

    30. Megan Wallace on said:

      Dated but as long as you read it as a "snapshot" of development in China at that time period, it is still relevant. I would be interested to read an updated afterward if the author had time to do it again or catch up with some of his interviewees. I didn't feel like it was overly religious as any discussion was relevant and held within the context of China and its evolution.

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