九 Getting Rich First

This Week

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In the late 1980s the communist leadership declared that it was no longer wrong to seek individual wealth, and permission was granted to certain regions to attract investment and develop market-based economic plans. This change from a traditionally Communist approach to a capitalist one, albeit still within a communist framework, has had a profound effect on Chinese people and their way of life.

In week 9 we will examine the implications for different generations, the undoubted benefits the new approach brings to some, but also the negative consequences for those left out, or left behind.

Lecture: China Today

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A look at how contemporary Chinese society, focusing in part on Shanghai and the difference between the generations which is far more pronounced in China than it is here.

Reading

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  • Getting Rich First Chapters 3 and 6

Viewing

  • Shanghai Tales: All About My Friends Documentary looking at life in modern China and the gap between generations. Box of Broadcasts
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