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China and the American dream : a moral inquiry

Author: Richard Madsen
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995.
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From the "Red Menace" to Tiananmen Square, the United States and China have long had an emotionally tumultuous relationship. Richard Madsen's frank and innovative examination of the moral history of U.S.-China relations targets the forces that have shaped this surprisingly strong tie between two strikingly different nations. Combining his expertise as a sinologist with the vision of America developed in Habits of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Madsen, Richard, 1941-
China and the American dream.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995
(DLC) 93045003
(OCoLC)29427739
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Madsen
ISBN: 9780520914926 0520914929 0585131007 9780585131009
OCLC Number: 44959597
Notes: "A Philip E. Lilienthal book."
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 262 pages)
Contents: The moral challenge of Tiananmen: shattering a liberal myth --
America's China: creation of a liberal myth --
Nixon's China: propagation of a liberal myth --
Hopes and illusions: the institutionalization of a liberal myth --
Diplomatic normalization: moral challenges to the liberal myth --
Missionaries of the American dream: putting the liberal myth into practice --
Openness and emptiness: Chinese reactions to the liberal myth --
Searching for a dream: Chinese creations of their own myths --
Conclusion: an East-West dialogue for the next century: new myths for a new world.
Responsibility: Richard Madsen.

Abstract:

From the "Red Menace" to Tiananmen Square, the United States and China have long had an emotionally tumultuous relationship. Richard Madsen's frank and innovative examination of the moral history of U.S.-China relations targets the forces that have shaped this surprisingly strong tie between two strikingly different nations. Combining his expertise as a sinologist with the vision of America developed in Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, Madsen studies the cultural myths that have shaped the perceptions of people of both nations for the past twenty-five years. The dominant American myth about China, born in the 1960s, foresaw Western ideals of economic, intellectual, and political freedom emerging triumphant throughout the world. Nixon's visit to China nurtured this idea, and by the 1980s it was helping to sustain America's hopefulness about its own democratic identity. Meanwhile, Chinese popular culture has focused on the U.S., especially American consumer goods--Coca-Cola was described by the People's Daily as "capitalism concentrated in a bottle." Today we face a new global institutional and cultural environment in which the old myths no longer work for either Americans or Chinese. Madsen provides a framework for us to think about the relationship between democratic ideals and economic/political realities in the post-Cold War world. What he proposes is no less than the foundation for building a public philosophy for the emerging world order.

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