The American Dream and the China Dream: Unpeaceful Evolutions
18 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 30, 2018
Twenty five years ago, I published a book, China and the American Dream, about how the stories that Americans and Chinese used to frame their understandings of each other had developed over the previous quarter century. This was an exercise in the comparative sociology of culture – my specialty – tinged with some moral philosophy, which I had also studied. Some readers have thought it useful in gaining perspective on the concrete policy issues with which they have had to struggle. Drawing upon themes from that book and using the kind of analysis contained in it, I will continue the analysis over the past twenty-five years, first with reference to the development of China in the American Dream and then with reference to America in the China Dream.
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