The Girl at the Baggage Claim

The Girl at the Baggage Claim

Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

Book - 2017
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"A personal, provocative, informative, and entertaining study of the different idea Asians and Westerners have of the self and how this plays out in our differing approaches to art, learning, politics, business, and almost everything else"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
ISBN: 9781101947821
Characteristics: xviii, 310 pages :,illustrations


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May 23, 2019

[In this book, Gish Jen mentions the Tank Man from the Tiananmen Square massacre, and then says that nobody knows his name or what became of him?? His name is Zhu Zhongsheng, and he was sentenced to death - - after two years on a death row cell, his death sentence was commuted, but whether he is still serving hard labor for life, died or was eventually released, I am unsure of. After reading this book I have serious doubts about the author and sincerely hope she isn't an agent of the Chinese Communist Party?]
Gish Jen is a globalist . . . a hardcore globalist. She is far too comfortable with the Chinese Communist Party, and omits much and glosses over many things in her book.
She makes some interesting assertions and far too many flimsy ones - - a rigorous thinker will probably experience many headaches while reading this [and ponder her inability to hold a train of thought].
Frankly, I acknowledge many differences between certain Asian cultures, particularly Korean, Japanese and Thai, and Western cultures - - but the Chinese and Americans are too very similar for me to lend much credence to Gish Jen's rambling assertions.
The reader would have been better served had Gish Jen examined why Chinese immigrants excel in foreign countries, yet are horribly treated in China?!
I have often thought of China as the land of infinite rationalization - - my opinion of this book.
[And absolutist inferences that ONLY Asian immigrants are concerned with the lowering of standards in education are absurd and beyond belief!]
Strongly recommend that this author reads the book: Bullets and Opium, by Liao Yiwu.

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