Unhappy China

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Unhappy China: The Great Time, Grand Vision and Our Challenges (Chinese: 中国不高兴:大时代、大目标及我们的内忧外患; pinyin: Zhōngguó bù gāoxìng: Dà shídài, dà mùbiāo jí wǒmen de nèiyōu wàihuàn) is a book written by Song Qiang, Huang Jisu, Song Xiaojun, Wang Xiaodong and Liu Yang and published in March 2009.[1] The book, a follow up to China Can Say No, encourages China to become a hegemon rather than getting cast aside.[2]

The book was a bestseller, selling over 100,000 copies in the month after publication.[3] In contrast, the Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily reported that the book "caused a stir among some experts and scholars" but "failed to strike a chord among average Chinese",[1] and some readers reject the book as "bitter rant of ultra left-wing intellectuals who feel sidelined under Beijing’s policies of reform and opening."[3]

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  1. ^ a b Qi, Fu; Huizi, Li (27 March 2009), "Book 'Unhappy China' stirs a controversy", Shanghai Daily, retrieved 29 March 2009
  2. ^ Ramzy, Austin (20 March 2009), "A New Book Reveals Why China Is Unhappy", Time, archived from the original on March 23, 2009, retrieved 27 March 2009
  3. ^ a b Hille, Kathrin (27 March 2009), "China's 'angry youths' are novel heroes", Financial Times, Beijing, retrieved 27 March 2009