Friday, July 11, 2008

This really makes me want to buy the book

Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China. That's quite a title, right? The book's written by Philip Pan, former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post.

An excerpt (HT to Peking Duck):

It was February 2004 by the time Jiang finished showing drafts of his letter to friends and making the final changes to the document. Nearly a year had passed since he exposed the SARS cover-up, and the National People's Congress was preparing to convene again. The fifteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre was just months away. From Jiang's perspective, the timing was perfect. He made 80 copies of the letter and prepared a list of the nation's top officials, including the leaders of the Congress. He sent most of the letters by express mail from his local post office. He asked a few well-connected friends to hand-deliver others. Finally, he gave several copies to his superiors at the hospital and asked them to pass them up through official channels. Then he went home to wait for a response.

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