Wang Feng

What should one make of China—of its extraordinary rise, its enormous global ambitions, and its future – now that the breathtaking first phase of its ascendance seems to have ended and forces of gravity linked to its aging population and increasingly outdated economic and political models are taking over? … One of the most impressive attempts to address these questions that I’ve come across in years is a slim new book that isn’t the product, as one might expect, of an economist, historian, or political scientist. This work, “China’s Age of Abundance: Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath,” is of course informed by all of these fields but is written by Wang Feng, a Chinese-born sociologist at the University of California, Irvine.

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