Students and Teachers of the New China
About the Book
In this collection of interviews with students and teachers in Hangzhou, China, the reader meets a student at Zhejiang university, majoring in English and studying Japanese and Italian; a teacher who spent his childhood as a “little Red Guard” of the Cultural Revolution and went on to study in England; a young girl who dreams of princesses and romance, and another who wants to be a backpacker when she grows up; and more. Ranging in age from 7 to 52, the thirteen interviewees represent a cross-section of Chinese culture and experience, with various levels of social status, education, and economic standing. Their words, supplemented by the author’s detailed descriptions of their surroundings and daily activities, offer a fresh perspective on life in present-day China.
About the Author(s)
Historian Madelyn Holmes has written for The Christian Science Monitor and The Geographical Magazine. A recent visiting professor of English at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, she lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
PART ONE: STUDENTS 29
1. Urban Undergraduates Born in the 1980s 33
2. Rural Students Born in the 1980s 57
3. An Xin, Born in the 1980s 83
PART TWO: TEACHERS 103
4. Born in the 1970s 107
5. Born in the 1960s and 1950s 130
PART THREE: FACES OF THE FUTURE 151
6. Born in the 1990s 155
7. Conclusion 174
Book Reviews & Awards
“eye-opening…important”—Diana Sun, Senior Lecturer of Chinese, University of Vermont.