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Why China Will Never Rule the World: Travels in the Two Chinas

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Troy Parfitt.

Parfitt, who has taught English in Taiwan for over a decade, uses his experience there to start several months of travel through the People's Republic of China in order to challenge the assumptions that China will determine the course of the global … see full wiki

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review by . August 04, 2011
Very interesting observations about China from a man who looked at its citizens and places
Troy Parfitt lived for two years in Seoul, South Korea, ten more years in Taipei, Taiwan, and made an extensive trip through China and recorded his impressions of the country, its history, and its people. His overall conclusion is that the country is backward. It is in a terrible dilapidated condition, its history has been constantly revised to reflect a rosy but untrue picture, and the majority of its people is kept in ignorance and is not ready for democracy. Many people outside of China focus …
review by . May 02, 2011
Canadian teacher's tour of PRC & Taiwan
Neither panda hugger nor dragon slayer, Sinophile or Sinophobe, after a decade teaching English in Taiwan, this author took his first mainland tour, three months the year before the 2008 Olympics. This Canadian ex-pat, during his travels, intersperses a sharp, witty, droll commentary on his encounters with a casual yet erudite retelling of the events and leaders who built--for mostly worse rather than better--modern China. His title sums up his thesis. Any talk of a Chinese "hegemon" …
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