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Can China rise peacefully?

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, gave a talk on China last week at an event organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He predicts that China’s economic growth will lead to its military growth, which in turn, will result in conflicts between the U.S. and China in the future, be it 20 or 30 years from now.

“It’s a myth that many China scholars and policy makers think China is different from the U.S. and other European great powers,” said Mearsheimer.

He argued that when China grows more powerful economically, it will translate that economic might into military might and will try to dominate Asia, and meanwhile, the U.S., the hegemony in the West Hemisphere, “will go great length to prevent China from becoming a regional hegemony in Asia.”

Mearsheimer said his theory on the power of states in international politics is based on the following five assumptions:

  • principal actors in international politics are states;
  • all states have military offensive capacity;
  • the intentions of the states are hard to predict and measure;
  • principal goal for every state is to survive; and
  • states will maximize their chance for survival.

He said these assumptions lead states to three forms of behavior, namely

  • states fear each other;
  • the best way for a state to survive is to protect itself; and
  • the best way to do the prection is to be very powerful.

“China has been a highly aggressive country in history, just like other great powers in the world,” Mearsheimer said.

The international forum is an anarchy system, he emphasized, citing that the fittest survives.

“When China was weak, the other great powers took advantage of it,” he said. “It’s that experience of humiliation that makes it perfectly clear to China that it can’t let it happen again.”

He said the best way to ensure that is for China to be very powerful.

“To put it in slightly different terms, it’s for China to dominate Asia.”

But the U.S. and other countries in Asia will try to prevent China from dominating Asia, he said.

He stated that in its effort to maintain its hegemony, the U.S. succeeded in dismantling other great powers in history, including the Imperial Germany, the Nazi Germany, the Imperial Japan and Russia. It will try to contain China as well.

As China continues to grow and become stronger, the competition between the U.S. and China will be more intense. It will eventually escalate to conflicts, he concluded.

“Anything the U.S. does to defend itself will be offensive to China, and vice versa,” he said.

Mearsheimer disputed the theories of co-relation balancing, the importance of economic ties, and the “myth” that Confucian ideology deems China a peace loving country. He said at time of conflicts, politics trumpets everything.

“I’m not anti China or anti America,” he declared. “If I were an advisor of national security to the President of China, I would tell him to get the U.S. out of Asia. By the same token, if I were an advisor to the President of the United States, I would advise him to keep China out as well.”

He warned that “If China continues to grow as it did in the past 30 years and becomes a giant Hong Kong, it’s going to be unstoppable.”

“I hope China will stop growing,” he said to me when I interviewed him, and several times during his speech.  That sounded quite anti China to me.

For more information on his theories, check out his book The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Golden Globe Winner Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.

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Showcase of future

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

photo 2I attended the joint performances of students from the High School affiliated with the Renmin University (Ren Da Fu Zhong in Chinese, RDFZ) from Beijing and Chicago Public Schools. They performed at the auditorium of the Walter Payton College Prep High School (WPCPHS) on Wednesday. I was blown away by the high-level skills demonstrated by RDFZ students, aged 11 to 17.

I interviewed Mr. Shen Xianzhang, Deputy Principal and co-leader of the 66-member performing troupe. I must say I was intrigued and impressed.

cicShen said the troupe will tour several major cities in the U.S. and will give 14 performances. The program staged at WPCPHS was their “short” list due to time limits.

Shen advised that RDFZ has a number of clubs, such as dance, martial arts, acrobatics, choir, etc., which attract approximately 600 students. The troupe on this tour is consisted of merely 10% of the students participating in such extra curriculum activities.

I feel these students’ performance can be praised as semi-professional.

Having been trained as a ping pong player in grade school, I can tell how much time and work they must have put into their select area of activity in order to reach this level.

Shen proudly mentioned a number of “first prizes” students at RDFZ have won over the years, and how many countries they had toured to give performances.

photo 2I know RDFZ is one of the top schools in China. It has a total of 5,000 students, a large pool to select talents, not to mention that those who are able to get into the school have proved themselves outstanding to start with.

Still, talents only would not have delivered such great skills in dancing, martial arts, and acrobatics.

Dedication, hard work, and consistent practices did. And discipline. It also means that they are not just book smart or buried in the preparation for college entrance examinations.

Over the years, as the generation of the one-child policy grow up, I have heard, and lamented myself, the little “emperors and empresses” who are self-centered and ill-prepared to deal with the challenges and hardships in life.

photo 1Here they are, a group of representatives of their generation. They have led me to look at them, and their peers, from a different perspective and with delight, hope, and expectations.

I asked Shen how he felt about the “amateur” performances given by students from CPS.

“I’m glad and moved to see American students dance traditional Chinese folk dances and sing Chinese songs,” he said without hesitation.

His words and sincerity touched me.

I noticed the disparity in the level and skills of the CPS students and neglected to realize the significance of their dancing Chinese folk dances and singing Chinese songs in the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chicago, the heartland of the United States.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.

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Attending the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Event

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
A photo of all the authors featured at the event

A photo of all the authors featured at the event

It’s hard to believe the glamorous event took place almost a month ago. It felt like yesterday.

More than 750 people gathered together to honor the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards recipients: Isabel Allende (fiction), Michael Lewis (non-fiction) and Christine Sneed (21st Century Award). Over 70 authors in the greater Chicago areas or have written about Chicago were also featured at the award dinner event. I have always loved Allende’s writing, and her memoir about her daughter Paula especially touched me. I felt so honored to stand on the same stage with these literary giants.

photo 2The event is also the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s largest annual fund-raising dinner. Each author hosted a table of ten, and a total of 1.5 million was raised for the evening. Quite impressive.

It was a very exciting evening for me, meeting other fellow authors and talking with the M.C. of the event, Bill Curtis, who has been a supporter of Mulberry Child movie.

Chicago Mayor speaking at the event

Chicago Mayor speaking at the event

The guests on my table happened to a group young professionals—most of them lawyers. They are open and curious and eager to learn more about China and my experience growing up there. I very much enjoyed the evening and the sharing of our life stories growing up in different parts of the world.

I had the opportunity to exchange a few words with each of the award-winning authors and had them sign copies of their books respectively. I walked away feeling very much inspired.

Link to the photos of the evening event:

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.

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“Wealth and Power”—talking with Orville Schell

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Orville Schell at Kellogg

Orville Schell at Kellogg

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director at the Center on U.S.-China Relations of Asia Society, during his recent trip to Chicago. He was in town to talk about his new book Wealth and Power ()—China’s long march to the twenty-first century, co-written with John Delury.

After his talk to a group of Kellogg’s alumni at Northwestern University, he signed a copy of his book for me and chatted with me about his view on China’s extraordinary rise from the “sick men of Asia” not that long ago.

“Westerners often misinterpret what China wants,” he said. “China doesn’t want Western democracy, but to be strong.”

Orville looked to China’s history to illustrate his point that since the Opium War, China was weak for centuries. It was humiliated and beaten (“落后” “挨打”), and has therefore associated power with wealth.

DSC01343Over the last 30 years, China has developed rapidly and accumulated extraordinary amount of wealth and a wealthy class of people. He addressed in his book how China has emerged from the weak to the strong, and moving forward, why China needs to go global and “integrates itself to the rest of the world.”

He addressed the problems China is facing, including corruption, environmental degradation, disparity between the rich and the poor, health care and welfare, but hailed China’s unprecedented development.

One thing he particularly pointed out, however, was the “victim mentality.”

“It’s a very deep and very powerful force,” he said. He cautioned that China should be careful not to overuse it. Nationalism over conflicts with other nations can make China sacrifice recent development, he said.

I look forward to reading Wealth and Power, which examines the lives of eleven important people who made great contributions in creating the China today.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

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Hurun Report (《胡润百富》)

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun in Chinese, at interview with author

Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun in Chinese, at interview with Jian 

I’ve heard about the Hurun Report and the China Rich List before, but never read the magazine or the list. Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun in Chinese, founder and Chairman of the Hurun Report, visited Chicago last week. I had the honor of listening to his talk and conducting a one-on-one interview with him.

The fast accumulation of wealth by leading Chinese entrepreneurs has become an astonishing phenomenon. Hurun started the report in 1999, tracking the top 1,000 wealthiest Chinese, with top ones worthy of more than US$10 billions.

According to Hurun, there are 263 billionaires (US$) in China on record. He estimated that the real number is about 750, because many Chinese don’t want to showcase their wealth.

“With every billionaire known publicly, there are two hidden,” said Hurun.

He pointed out that all these billionaires now have one thing in common: “They are all going global,” he said.

These top net worth individuals accumulated their wealth largely from manufacturing, real estate, investment, natural resources, retail, entertainment, etc., according to Hurun.

Hurun said the image of these super rich had gone through a dramatic change in China, from totally negative, related to corruption, to a recognition of their ability.

“You can get lucky only so many times,” Hurun said. “You get to have the ability to develop and manage your business.”

These super rich are going global now via acquisitions and investment.

“It’s a personal insurance policy and a vehicle to provide better education for their children abroad,” said Hurun.

Rupert Hoogewerf talking to Kellogg's alumni at the Northwestern University

Rupert Hoogewerf talking to Kellogg’s alumni at the Northwestern University

Hurun will release its China Rich List in August. For 2012, the top capped at over US$12 billion, and cut off at 1,000 is US$288 million. Hurun said a survey indicated that 14% of the top wealthy individuals are in the process of applying for immigration, and 46% are seriously considering immigration. But the common practice is they get their children and/or spouses immigrant status, while they remain in China.

He said 80% of them intend to send their children abroad to study.

China’s newly rich are having a major impact on the consumption of luxury goods in the world. It has passed Russia (No. 2) and Japan (No. 3) to become the No. 1 luxury good consumption country.

Hurun is here in the U.S. visiting business leaders and municipal officials in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, developing relationship with them so as to provide better services to the Chinese entrepreneurs on his list.

“Hurun Report is acknowledged authority on China’s top entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals,” said Elizabeth Harrington, who has taken the role of Hurun’s U.S. publisher at large. “We’d like to work with Hurun to attract these Chinese to Chicago.”

“Hurun is not a traditional publisher,” said Bill Liu, who works with Harrington on Hurun’s business relations in the U.S. “They have developed personal relationship with their clients. We want to conduct research on these Chinese as they come here.”

Chicago has taken many initiatives to attract Chinese business and investors, vowing to make it the “most China-friendly city in the U.S.”

Several Chinese companies have set up operations in the greater Chicago area, including Goldwind, Wanxiang, and Huawei Technologies.

Hurun, or rather Hoogewerf, met with Mayor Emanuel and Former Mayor Daley during his stay in Chicago.

China has begun to change the flow of investment from not just coming in but also going out. Many countries and cities want to attract part of that wealth to boost their economy. It’s a phenomenon unimaginable one or two decades ago.

Of course, not all the pictures are rosy. China is facing increasing challenges in many areas, including severe environmental degradation, corruption, the huge gap between the rich and the poor, food safety, health care, and welfare, to name a few.

Despite the challenges, China has emerged from what Orville Schell called “a basket” to a world economic power, and along the way, has produced an incredible number of “self-made” billionaires within an astonishing short period of time.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary movie by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.

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Huangshan—trip to China (3)

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

 

Glimpse of Huangshan in fog

Glimpse of Huangshan in fog

It took us more than two hours on a bus from Hangzhou to Tunxi, a town not far from Huangshan, Anhui Province. We had a local tour guide met us at the bus station with a van and a driver. After checking into a local hotel and a quick lunch, we visited the “Mysterious Grottos” at Flower Mountain, about an hour away from the city.

No one knew when and why the enormous man-made grottos were made. Supposedly there 36 of them, of which, four were developed for tourism. The size, design, supporting pillars, and carving patterns indicate the mastery of geology and science in ancient times. Many speculative theories about their usage and time, but none conclusive. Quite an amazing sight.

With Lisa at Huangshan

With Lisa at Huangshan

What is most impressive was of course the visit to Huangshan, or Mount Huang, one of the sacred mountains in China. We left for the mountain early the following morning, about an hour’s drive from Tunxi. Lisa and I wanted to climb up instead of taking the tram, but Francis and our tour guide opposed it.

“You still have 7.5 kilometers to walk on the maintains today,” Jiang, our tour guide argued. “You won’t be able to make those steps up and down the mountains if you climb up.”

In the end, the arising fog solved our dispute. Since we wouldn’t be able to see much in the thick fog, we all got into the tram, regretting not being to see the steep cliffs on our way up.

But the mountain delivered wonders in front of our eyes: once on top, a breeze of the wind quickly opened a pocket, revealing the beauty of pine trees planting themselves firmly on rocks, as we marveled at the sight and took pictures, another wave of fog covered them, making everything mysterious. We felt like walking in the clouds, enjoying the clarify of one moment and the wrap up of the fog the next.

"Welcome Pine"

“Welcome Pine”

Jiang was right. The walk was quite demanding. The stone-paved trail went up and down, leaving many tourists panting on the side. We made numerous stops to take photos and catch our breath. The “welcome pine”, the signature tree serving as a symbol of Huangshan, looked more resilient and strong than “welcoming”, with an extended branch being interpreted as a waving arm.

We were lucky that as soon as we reached our hotel on the mountain at about 4 pm, it began to rain. We settled down and had a nice dinner at the hotel and admired the photos we had taken. Despite the rain, a forecast of 60% chance of seeing sunrise was predicted. So the following morning, we got up at 4:30 to go to a nearby peak to see the sunrise. With the large crowd and numerous trees in the way, I must say the sunrise on Lake Michigan that I can see from my bedroom most of the mornings is more beautiful and grand.

"Ocean of clouds" on Huangshan

“Ocean of clouds” on Huangshan

Jiang took us to various sights of natural beauty—the ten magnificent pine trees, the formations of rocks that are interpreted for different meanings, and the observatory dome that does research and predicts weather in the mountain areas. The walk downhill was not any easier. But we learned that all the food at the hotels and restaurants on top of the mountains were carried up by farmers on their shoulders, as we walked down, we saw quite a few of them, climbing up with bamboo poles and heavy loads of a hundred pounds or so on each side of their shoulders. Seeing them humbled us and minimized our own challenges. I tried to keep up with Lisa, a prize I paid with sore calves and thighs the following day, despite an immediate foot massage upon returning to our hotel in Tunxi.

A farmer carries food to the top of the mountain

A farmer carries food to the top of the mountain

One surprising discovery was that iPhone took better pictures outdoors than a point-and-shoot camera. When Lisa used up the battery on her iPhone up in the mountains, I gave her mine. Unfortunately, during the 20-minute bus ride from the foot of the mountain to the park entrance where our van was waiting, Lisa fell asleep. By the time we got to a restaurant for lunch, Lisa realized she no longer had my iPhone. We went back to the bus station and got on to the number 92 bus. Where the litter of used cans and paper left behind by passengers were still on the floor, there was no sight of the black pouch in which Lisa placed my iPhone. The loss put a dent to our spirit, but we managed to let it go, since there was nothing we could do about it.

Huangshan is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in China, and equally impressive, the trails and the park were well-maintained and very clean.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

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Trip to China (2)

Friday, May 17th, 2013

After spending five days with family in Changchun, we went to Hangzhou, making a quick stop in Shanghai. We were supposed to meet our close friend Mary in Shanghai and do the rest of the sightseeing together, but the bird flu in southern China, including the cities we planned to visit, made her stay put in Chicago.

Restaurants in Shanghai were packed—no sign of concern for bird flu, though a couple of American expatriates we met for dinner told us restaurants were not serving chicken at the moment. Brian and his wife Pat treated us to a wonderful meal at Ye Shanghai in Xintiandi. Lisa missed her flight connection in Beijing—not changing her watch to local time and rushing to the boarding gate 15 minutes too late. She missed dinner and more importantly, talking to Brian and Pat about their experience in China.

West Lake

West Lake

We stayed at the Marriott Hotel in city center and took the fast train to Hangzhou the following morning. I was pleasantly surprised that it only took us only an hour to reach Hangzhou.

Xiao Qiu, our tour guide, was waiting for us at the train station with a driver and mini van. The perfect temperature of 70 degrees and humility made a drastic contrast to the dry and dusty air in Changchun, and the lustrous green in the city made it immediately appealing. Our driver proudly told us that Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful cities in China, with ample variety of trees along the streets. We checked into the J.W. Marriott Hotel, and Xiao Qiu took us to a signature restaurant. Despite the local specialty of chicken and duck, we carefully avoided all poultry, but did try the famous Dong Po Pork—fat but delicious!

Qiu Jin's statue by West Lake

Qiu Jin‘s statue by West Lake

We spent the afternoon walking along West Lake and took a boat ride to observe the sceneries along the shore. I’ve learned about the beauty of West Lake from poetry since I was a child and was expecting to see an impressive sight. But nothing prepared me to the vastness of the lake, and the grand scale of the well maintained gardens surrounding it. Different colors of flowers and tree leaves added more pleasure to the eye, and the lustrous spring greens were intoxicating. We walked the legendary bridges and stopped by various statues, including that of Qiu Jin, the first feminist in China.

In the following two days, Xiao Qiu took us to Lingyin Temple, Tiger-dug Spring (the best pairing with Longjin Tea, Hangzhou’s specialty), Yue Fei Monument, and the Wetland where we discovered a small museum for the studies of the classic vernacular novel Dream of the Red Chamber. I didn’t know the original story took place in this area and the comparison of real life characters with those in the novel was eye-opening.  We also took a boat ride on the Grand Canal, the longest in the world (From Beijing to Hangzhou, over 1,100 miles) and watched the busy traffic of cargo barges moving back and forth along the Canal, as they did for more than a thousand years.

We couldn’t leave Hangzhou without taking another long walk by the West Lake.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

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Trip to China

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Construction in Changchun

Construction in Changchun

I had the pleasure of visiting family and sightseeing in southern China recently despite the threat of bird flu. It has been more than a year since my last trip to China, the longest elapse of time for more than 20 years.

Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province where my mother and two sisters live, is catching up with the development with the rest of the country in coastal areas. Construction sites everywhere—subway is being built, roads being expanded or repaired, and various clusters of buildings shooting toward the sky, with cranes lining up like a forest, familiar sights one saw in Beijing and Shanghai a few years before. The price for all these developments? Heavy dust in the air and terrible traffic jam. I brought all my exercise clothing and was looking forward to my early morning jog around South Lake Park, which is close to where my mother lives. Couldn’t do so this year—it was difficult to breathe walking in the dusty air let alone running.

Changchun_sweet moment with momAs in Chicago, spring came nearly a month late this year in Changchun. Flowers and tender leaves were just coming out when I was there at the beginning of May, yet they seemed to be covered already with a layer of dirt. Beside a visit to Jing Yue Tan, a large park in the outer skirt of the city, paying tribute to father at his tomb, and a few massages in the neighborhood, we stayed indoor nearly the entire time. The highlight in Changchun is time spent with family. Even Lisa sat at the Mahjong table and entertained her grandmother by joining her in her favorite game.

I wonder, however, how many people die of air pollution in this city with the name of Changchun, literally translated, “Ever Green“!

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award winning feature-length documentary by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bissett.

 

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Q & A at Mulberry Child screening

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

BAC 3My daughter Lisa and I recently did Q & A after the screening of Mulberry Child at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. As always, the responses from the audience were emotional and deeply touching and the session ran 45 minutes long.

Among the questions raised from the audience that evening, one was addressed to Lisa. I found my grip on the microphone tightening when a woman in a front row asked in a clear but amusing voice if Lisa has a daughter, how she would like to raise her.

BAC 4I had brought up the subject in a different manner under different circumstances to her before, mostly when I got frustrated with her. I would say I wish her children would do to her what she had done to me. Lisa would laugh, telling me not to worry because she wouldn’t have any child. “Too much work,” she’d say.

I was eager to hear what she had to say to a question seriously and friendly presented.

Typical to Lisa, she joked about it: “Screw up our linear parents who have got liberal arts and communication degrees, because my daughter is going to get an engineer degree.”

The audience erupted in laughter.

“Sounds like a real Chinese mother,” I interrupted, unable to refrain from bing sarcastic.

BAC1Lisa turned serious after a good laugh. She shared her mortifying experience of starting school in New York City and was being made fun of, and how that had made her want to fit in, at the expense of shedding her origin.

“I think as our world continues to evolve and globalize, immigrants don’t look at this country of opportunity in the same capacity any more,” she continued. “You recognize your heritage and realize you need to capitalize on that… So I’d like my children to speak six languages.”

The audience laughed again.

“Being Chinese is part of my heritage,” Lisa added. “It will be remiss and an incredible shame if they don’t feel about China the way I do.… In part because I was born there, just like America is an intricate part of who I am.”

I was very touched and pleased to hear her say that! If I were not concerned about embarrassing her, I would have leaned over to give her a hug right there and then on the stage.

I always enjoy doing Q & A with Lisa, despite having to watch more carefully what I say when she is around, because she loses no time to dispute what she doesn’t agree. Not only her insight and humor make the discussion more lively, but also that listening to her addressing to the audience, I can always gain a bit more understanding of her, and her, me.

Thank you all for giving us the opportunity of sharing our story and reaching a better understanding of each other.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

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Reading the Great Gatsby

Monday, April 1st, 2013

gatsby

Our reading group’s selection for last month was Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, paired with Anita LoosGentlemen Prefer Blondes. Part of the reason for the selection was that a new film of The Great Gatsby is scheduled to come out this summer and we want to have a group outing.

I’ve read the book years before, but don’t remember much of the details except the lonely figure of Gatsby standing in the back of his mansion looking out to the green light across the water. Reading it again, I was able to notice and appreciate a lot more, including the opportunities and optimism after the WWI, the prohibition, and the conflicts between “old money” and the “newly rich”.

gentlemen prefer blondesAnita Loos’ book has nothing to do Fitzgerald’s content or perspective, but it was written in the ’20s, the same time period. I found it incredible that the stories were written by a woman – they were not only mocking men, but women as well. Both books were popular and developed into films. Loos’ book was written with tremendous humor, which probably played a key role in its success. Still I found it hard to believe Loos, a very successful screenwriter of the time, wrote something of this nature. Yet the other three women in my group, all strong characters, appeared to take in the book with good humor. The era in which it was written probably saved it.

Interestingly, The Great Gatsby reminded me somehow of China’s situation today in which the newly rich is grabbing money in unprecedented speed, and at the same time, the country is going through crisis of morality, widening disparity between the haves and have nots, and a sense of spiritual emptiness under the economic prosperity.

I look forward to watching the new interpretation and presentation of the Great Gatsby film with by group.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.

 

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