In Tide Players, acclaimed New Yorker contributor and author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming modern China. Through half a dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world?s fastest-growing economy.
Zha?s vivid cast of characters includes an unlikely couple who teamed up to become the country?s leading real-estate moguls; a gifted chameleon who transformed himself from Mao?s favorite ?barefoot doctor? during the Cultural Revolution to a publishing maverick; and a tycoon of home-electronic chain stores who insisted on avenging his mother, who had been executed as ?a counter-revolutionary criminal.? Alongside these entrepreneurs, Zha also brings us the intellectuals: a cantankerous professor at China?s top university; a former cultural minister turned prolific writer; and Zha?s own brother, a dissident who served a nine-year prison term for helping to found the China Democracy Party.
Deeply engaging, lucid, and poignant, Zha?s insightful ?insider-outsider? portraits offer a picture of a China that few Western readers have seen before. Tide Players is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand today?s China.