Review From User :
This is a great book for those who want to understand Chinese culture on a deep level. The book tracks the effect of the enormous social and political changes China has undergone in the past few decades on Chinese internal experience and morality. It discusses notions of the self under authoritarian rule, and concludes that much of Chinese identity has been and remains marked by a "split-self": one which is acceptable to be seen by the outside world, and a self of inner desires and concerns which must remain hidden.
This is not light reading by any means, but deeply rewarding. I am no expert on Chinese history or culture but could more or less follow along, someone better versed in the country could probably get more out of it. I found it particularly fascinating as my partner is Chinese, and this book helped me to understand his family's experiences and how that has shaped him.
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