In The Chinese Dream, a groundbreaking book about the rising middle class in China, Helen H. Wang challenges us to recognize that some of our fears about China are grossly misplaced.
As a result of China’s new capitalist paradigm, a burgeoning middle class-calculated to reach 800 million within the next fifteen years-is jumping aboard the consumerism train and riding it for all it’s worth-a reality that may provide the answer to America’s economic woes. And with China’s increasing urbanization and top-down governmental approach, it now faces increasing energy, environmental, and health problems-problems that the U.S. can help solve. Through timely interviews, personal stories, and a historical perspective, China-born Wang takes us into the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class to show how a growing global mindset and the realization of unity in diversity may ultimately provide the way to creating a saner, safer world for all.
Helen Wang, through her book,:
– Deconstructs the myths about China as a superpower and global manufacturing power
– Takes us into the world of the driven middle class and shows how the not-so-private sector operates
– Provides a historical perspective on China and examines the possibility of democracy in China’s future
– Shows how a mindset that embraces the idea of unity in diversity could help solve China and America’s growing energy, health, and environmental problems
To gain a clear view of the impact of this new middle class, Wang provides us with interviews of executives of foreign-owned firms, connected Communist party members, rural migrants who are seeing their dreams of a better life come to fruition, and young entrepreneurs who are becoming increasingly westernized, consuming as fast as the money pours in. She also provides us with a careful analysis of the social and political forces at work in society, as she takes us on a journey to many places in China that reflect her own life-changing experiences.
Helen H. Wang
Helen H. Wang is an award-winning author, consultant, and expert on China’s middle class.
Originally from China, Wang has lived in the U. S. for over twenty years. After finishing her master’s degree at Stanford University, she joined at a prestigious think tank, Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, California, and consulted for Fortune 500 companies including Apple Computer, Oracle, and Bank of America.
Wang’s new book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, has won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award and First Horizon Award. Wang has appeared on BBC World Television News, CNNMoney, been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and featured in San Jose Mercury News, China Daily, and other major media.