If I have to pick three books for Western readers that best explains modern China, I would recommend Shaun Rein‘s recently released book, “The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World.” (Also, see my interview with the author earlier this year.) The book draws heavily on Rein’s personal experience working and living in China. During one of his early trips in China in the 90s, visiting Changchun, he recounts being propositioned by a beautiful prostitute. Over the years, he has noticed a gradual “uglification” of the prostitution pool. He attributes that to the general trend of economic expansion in China where women are increasingly finding better job opportunities. Continue reading Book Review: Shaun Rein, “The End of Cheap China”
We recently noticed a peculiar phenomenon over at the China Law Blog. Since about two weeks ago, they started publishing a series of articles with the title, “The End of Cheap China,” followed by something else. We also know Shaun Rein has been marketing his book for months now – “The End of Cheap China.” (Allen will be writing a review, by the way.) The interesting thing is that the China Law Blog makes no mention of the book whatsoever in their series of articles.
Now, do a search on “The End of Cheap China” on Google. Unsurprisingly, the book shows up at the top due to Amazon’s, Rein’s, and the publisher’s marketing efforts. However, look at the next five top search results (#2 through #6) from Google (results were at the time of this writing): Continue reading Catching Shaun Rein’s “The End of Cheap China” book wave
(On January 5, 2012, I sat down with Shaun Rein, founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group, to talk about China. He gave us his insights into major events of 2011. In this hour-long interview, we touched on many topics: pollution, CNN and Christian Bale’s recent run-in with Chinese police, food safety, Weibo, and so on.)
YinYang:2011 was another eventful year for China. Just when her bullet train seems unstoppable, a fatal collision left the whole country in doubt. China achieved space docking, something only the U.S. and Russia have managed. Then there was Tiger Mom.
I have invited a real China expert to weigh in on these events and other events that mattered to China. What were the Chinese narratives? How did the Chinese feel about them? I couldn’t have found a better person to do this with. Continue reading A conversation with Shaun Rein on China
Watching the protests and riots in Egypt over the last few days, it seems the country is simply spiraling towards chaos; to no end. As you probably already know, Egyptians are protesting to end Mubarak’s 30-year rule. According to Al Jazeera’s reporter in Cairo, the last ISP within Egypt has now been shut down. The protesters are now massing in Tahrir Square to organize their next steps. They are plotting for a “decisive” step, perhaps marching to the presidential palace.
Shaun Rein has an excellent article out today, “What China’s Leaders Need to Learn from Egypt’s Turmoil?” China could one day face protests for legitimate reasons. He believes the most likely corner of society to feel disenfranchised are university students unable to find jobs. It is inevitable China’s economy recesses some day. When that happens, and if the whole population feels injustice, they will take to the streets. Chaos can quickly engulf the country as we see today in Egypt. And, it’s never clear how the country will re-emerge.
This is a re-post of an article by Shaun Rein, “How To Fix Western-Chinese Relations; Do it with the Nobel Peace Prize,” where it first appeared on Forbes – with permission from the author.
“How To Fix Western-Chinese Relations”
Do it with the Nobel Peace Prize.
12.14.10, 10:50 AM EST
Tension between China and the West has been inching up over the past year. There have been disputes over everything from Google’s stand against censorship and protectionism to China’s trade surplus, the valuation of the yuan and the problem of North Korea’s thuggery. Bad relations do not help anyone, and they certainly don’t solve any of the very real economic problems the world faces. We need to have the West and China working together. Otherwise we could collapse into another Cold War.
Continue reading Shaun Rein: “How To Fix Western-Chinese Relations; Do it with the Nobel Peace Prize.”