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China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and its Relationship with the World

ISBN: 978-0-470-82643-0
200 pages
February 2011
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An in-depth look at the forces and trends changing China and its place in the world

China has dominated the news for nearly a decade and will continue to grab headlines as it moves inexorably toward becoming the world's largest economy. It already has the largest middle class in the world; the most Internet users; the largest army; and is the world's largest polluter. Yet all this growth causes problems as China adapts to the laws of other lands in which it has investments; learns how to meet international guidelines and safety standards for its products; stretches its resources to the limit; and struggles to maintain stability and control over an increasingly restive population.

China Inside Out explores the social and economic forces unleashed by China's relentless drive to modernization. Bill Dodson presents the stories of average Chinese workers, along with interviews with experts interlaced with his own experiences. The end result is an insider's view of the forces reshaping China as it takes an increasingly prominent role in the new world order.

  • Looks at the trends reshaping China and reveals how China's place in the world is evolving
  • Written by an industry analyst, advisor, and business manager in China, who is also a columnist for the China Economic Review
  • Explains important changes for investors and business leaders interested in China

For business leaders, investors, and China watchers, China Inside Out offers a truly in-depth examination of China's changing role in the world.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgment.

Foreword.

Chapter 1 The Rise of Generation W(eb).

Chapter 2 The Anxious Class.

Chapter 3 A Tale of Two Countries.

Chapter 4 Not in My Backyard!

Chapter 5 With the Appetite of a Dragon.

Chapter 6 China 24/7.

Chapter 7 China, at Your Services.

Chapter 8 The Global Sugar Daddy.

Chapter 9 Hot Pot Nation.

Chapter 10 In the Shadow of the Emperors.

Afterword.

Bibliography.

Index. 

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Author Information

Bill Dodson has been writing and advising on business in China since 2002. He has been quoted on China-related topics in Newsweek, The Economist, Shanghai Business Review, China International Business, China Economic Quarterly, National Public Radio, and others. He is a columnist for the China Economic Review and Eurobiz on economic and foreign investment issues in China. He is a Partner and Director of Strategic Analysis at TrendsAsia Ltd., in Shanghai. You can follow his blogs and podcasts at www.thisischinablog.com.
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Reviews

A first-rate guide to today's China. Gets under the skin of the emerging super power.
-- Jonathan Fenby, Author, Penguin History of Modern China

Bill Dodson's book is a wonderfully clear-headed, no-nonsense guide to the internal forces that are propelling China forward, backward, and sideways. It is properly assertive about the things that can be known, and open-minded about the many things that can't. Anyone who wants to understand China better will enjoy this book.
-- James Fallows, Author, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

Dodson presents each section of his book with an engaging balance of large- and small-scale narrative. China Inside Out merits its title by zooming in on the real power players in China's evolution-its citizens. Dodson clearly knows China and understands that its people, not its policies, have been and will continue to be China's defining force.
-- Dan Harris, Publisher, China Law Blog

An extraordinarily accurate, complete, and coherent depiction of the daily reality that China's 1.5 billion individuals confront, cope with, push back against, and ultimately-through extreme tenacity, resourcefulness, intelligence and courage, hallmarks of the Chinese identity and spirit-shape. Dodson's framework makes sense of and puts into perspective what foreign observers might otherwise find an overwhelming torrent of snapshots: he ends the need to surmise, based on scattered data and anecdotes, what structures underlie China's tectonic struggle to evolve.
-- Janet Carmosky, CEO, The China Business Network

Bill Dodson provides a reasoned and balanced ground level analysis of China's social and economic fault lines and stress points. There's no pulling of punches here as he concentrates on the often uncomfortable, but necessary, truths anyone connecting with China needs to know.
-- Paul French, Chief China Analyst, Access Asia Shanghai  and Co-author, Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation

A crisp and very readable introduction to the key issues driving change in China today. Recommended.
-- Graham Earnshaw, Publisher, China Economic Review

Bill Dodson provides a grown-up look at modern China and its growing pains, introducing some of real people there. It's a smooth, quick read. We predict this rising power's future at our peril; Dodson lays out a reasoned narrative. If you care about the China behind the label-the aspirations, challenges, and insecurities-give it a spin.
-- Scott Tong, Former China Bureau Chief, Marketplace Public Radio


Bill Dodson takes readers beyond the usual expats hubs of China and offers a wide view of the momentous trends boiling below and above the surface of China today.  With energy and insight, China Inside Out updates, often startlingly, much of what you think you know about the country.
-- Ted C. Fishman, Author, China, Inc. and Shock of Gray


Bill Dodson knows more about China business and society than just about anyone writing today. In China Inside Out Dodson does an outstanding job of connecting the dots from international headlines to middle class Chinese households. It has become accepted wisdom that China is an economic powerhouse, but this work helps to flesh out bare statistics and gets to the heart of what is driving 21st Century China-its people. In this ambitious work Dodson has identified the big trends that will push China to new levels of global influence-for good or ill-and analyzes how China will interact with the world and environment to shape its own future.   
-- Andrew Hupert, Publisher, ChinaSolved.com and Adjunct Professor, NYU in Shanghai

With years of consulting experience in China, Bill Dodson not only studies China's trends, he lives them. Dodson is an astute observer of China's society and economy.
-- Rob Schmitz, China Bureau Chief, Marketplace, American Public Media

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Press Release

February 17, 2011
China Inside Out: New book looks into the shifting social and economic fault lines reshaping China

For a clear-eyed look at the internal forces driving China into the future, Bill Dodson’s China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Re-shaping China and its Relationship with the World (ISBN: 978-0-470-82643-0; John Wiley & Sons) is a pivotal read: His book explores the unexpected impact modernization is having on China's development as a civil society, international trade partner and up-and-coming world power.

Each chapter in this book discusses an irreversible trend and its implications for neighbors near and far, and for international businesses invested in China. Presenting the stories of average Chinese workers along with interviews with topical experts and interlaced with his own experiences, Dodson provides a balanced, ground-level analysis of China’s social and economic fault lines and stress points. The end result is an insider’s view into the dramatic forces reshaping China, its identity and the truths anyone connecting with China needs to know.

“If there is anything I hope readers take away from this odyssey, it’s that China is now at the leading edge of history,” said Dodson. “How the society negotiates the inevitable shocks of trends that come into confluence, and how, most importantly, it manages the eventual wind-down of those powerful social and economic forces in the next 10 to 15 years, will have major repercussions for its citizenry, its neighbors, international businesses invested in the country, and for Western civilization.”

Here’s what China-business insiders are saying about China Inside Out

“Bill Dodson takes readers beyond the usual expats hubs of China and offers a wide view of the momentous trends boiling below and above the surface of China today. With energy and insight, China Inside Out updates, often startlingly, much of what you think you know about the country." –Ted C. Fishman; Author, China, Inc. and Shock of Gray

“Bill Dodson’s book is a wonderfully clear-headed, no-nonsense guide to the internal forces that are propelling China forward, backward, and sideways. It is properly assertive about the things that can be known, and open-minded about the many things that can’t. Anyone who wants to understand China better will enjoy this book. –James Fallows; Author, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

“A first-rate guide to today’s China. Gets under the skin of the emerging super power.” –Jonathan Fenby; Author, Penguin History of Modern China

 “Bill Dodson provides a grown-up look at modern China and its growing pains, introducing some of the real people there.” –Scott Tong; Former China Bureau Chief, Marketplace Public Radio

“A crisp and very readable introduction to the key issues driving change in China today.” –Graham Earnshaw; Publisher, China Economic Review

“Bill Dodson knows more about China business and society than just about anyone writing today. In China Inside Out Dodson does an outstanding job of connecting the dots from international headlines to middle class Chinese households.” –Andrew Hupert; Adjunct Professor, New York University, Shanghai Campus

“Bill Dodson provides a reasoned and balanced ground level analysis of China’s social and economic fault lines and stress points. There’s no pulling of punches here as he concentrates on the often uncomfortable, but necessary, truths anyone connecting with China needs to know.” –Paul French; Co-author, Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation

 “Dodson clearly knows China and understands that its people, not its policies, have been and will continue to be China’s defining force.” –Dan Harris; Founding Member, Harris & Moure; Co-editor, China Law Blog

“An extraordinarily accurate, complete, and coherent depiction of the daily reality that China’s 1.5 billion individuals   confront, cope with, push back against, and ultimately shape.” –Janet Carmosky; CEO, The China Business Network

China Inside Out neatly lays out the major trends coursing through China and the world:

CHAPTER 1: China's Generation W(eb) – How far will government censors be able to go before a cyber-­subculture of hundreds of millions of Chinese rebel en masse?

CHAPTER 2: Keeping Up with the Zhangs – Chinese are on average becoming richer, less healthy and more anxious as they eat more, drive more, smoke more, work more with few government assurances their assets and their futures are secure;

CHAPTER 3: A Tale of Two Countries – China needs its migrant workers from the countryside to build its cities, and, increasingly, to live in them, with ever-increasing stresses between the have's and the wanna­have's;

CHAPTER 4: "Not in My Backyard!" – As more Chinese embrace the ideal if not the practice of an American­style middle class lifestyle, it is beating records as the world's largest polluter of land, water and air resources;

CHAPTER 5: With the Appetite of a Dragon – China has been on a buying spree abroad as modernization leaves it with less arable land, food, crude oil and other mineral resources.

CHAPTER 6: China 24/7 – Manufacturing and infrastructure development is moving to China's hinterlands, where 800 million Chinese literally work day and night to get rich and show it off;

CHAPTER 7: China, At Your Services – The hallmarks of China's nascent services sector are a lack of civility, little sense of customer care and arcane bureaucracies

CHAPTER 8: The Global Sugar Daddy – The international marketplace will increasingly resist opaque Chinese business practices and inadequate quality and governance controls even as China becomes richer;

CHAPTER 9: Hot Pot Nation – Population pressures lanced by the One Child Policy and a rapidly aging population with a below­par replacement rate are becoming national and global liabilities.

CHAPTER 10: In the Shadow of the Emperors – Chinese nationalism and militarization are increasingly filling the vacuum left by the lack of a civil society and the dearth of reflection on the country's modern history, making its neighbors near and far anxious about how aggressively it will fulfill its role as a rising superpower.

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