China Road

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China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power is a 2007 book by Rob Gifford.

The book documents Gifford's 2004 trip across China National Highway 312 from Shanghai to the China-Kazakhstan border and his observations of China. Gifford was at the end of his term as a China correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR),[1] and his experiences were the basis of several NPR stories.[2]

Vanessa Bush of Booklist stated "Gifford notes an aggressive sense of competition in the man-eat-man atmosphere of a nation that is likely to be the next global superpower."[3] Dinah Gardner of Asia Times stated that "To anyone who has lived some time in China, Gifford's book is nothing revolutionary - the editors appear to have pruned it for a reader with little knowledge of the country."[4]

Reception[edit]

Gardner criticized "the intrusion of Gifford's religious views" and Gifford letting "moral outrage color his arguments" but concluded overall that the book "is, in every other way, a very vivid and lively piece of reportage."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford" (Archive). Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Retrieved on July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "'China Road' Trip Gauges a Nation on the Move" (Archive). National Public Radio. Retrieved on July 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Bush, Vanessa. "China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power." (review). Booklist. Retrieved on July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Gardner, Dinah. "An over-traveled road" (Archive). Asia Times. December 1, 2007. Retrieved on July 13, 2014.