China’s Long March to the 21st Century

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

China specialists Orville Schell and John Delury explain how China, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, managed to emerge on the world stage with hyper-development and wealth creation. Their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century examines the lives of 11 influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China.


John Delury and Orville Schell

Comments [4]

To Leonard Lopate, his Staff and the Entire WNYC Programming Department:

This sounded like a fairly good segment, from what I was able to hear of it thus far.


1.) What about having two people who lived in China under Mao, one who defends him and one who condemns him, debate each other?

(Yes, people in both categories do exist. And I'm sure, as in nearly every similar case, each would be right about some things and wrong about others. China is a big place, with many different, highly-varied regions. It only stands to reason that there would be great, often dramatic, differences in personal experiences.)

2.) On the off chance that you ever have George Galloway* (controversial, outspoken British MP and champion of various international causes) on this or any other program, please be sure to ask him about his numerous statements of support for the Chinese regime. (Including defending their human rights abuses.)

*A man can at least dream, can't he?

Jul. 23 2013 02:17 PM
Mike C from Manhattan

When you understand "China" you realize that it is not a country as much as it is a region. The Qing were Manchus related linguistically to Koreans and Mongols... not to Han Chinese. China is more akin to Europe with all the divergent nationalities and cultures ....

Jul. 23 2013 01:51 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The return to their natural place as the center of economic power in the world was inevitable to most Chinese people. They were the greatest power, second possibly only to the Roman empire 2000 years ago. As late as 1820, China still produced 20% of the world's products, about the same percentage as the US does today. For centuries, European explorers, including Columbus, sought to find a sea route to "Cathay." The truth is that Communism only retarded China's return to its central position for over 40 years. China owes a debt to America in hastening its resurrection which started in 1979. We didn't keep them down; we hastened their rise.

Jul. 23 2013 01:34 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

Made in China
“Mr. John P. Young, managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, who has had close observation of California's Chinese residents for thirty years, thinks that the commercial future to which the plunderers of China are looking forward may not prove so rosy as they anticipate. Indeed, he predicts that China's population of 400,000,000, when awakened and introduced to Western civilization, instead of clamoring for European and American products, will begin to produce these articles themselves, not for their own use, but for us and at such ruinous prices that the labor market of the world will suffer a terrible blow.“
— The literary Digest, Dec. 23, 1899

Jul. 23 2013 12:13 PM

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