But in the foreground there is a more immediate competition: the struggle to define the idea of China.
There’s an old Chinese adage: “If you’ve been in China for a day, you feel you can write a book. For a year, you feel like you can’t write anything at all, because you start to realize how much you don’t know,” says Evan Osnos, author of for what may currently be the world’s foremost potential superpower.
Helen Keller glasses were selling under the slogan “You see the world, and the world sees you.” ― Evan Osnos, “When a prince’s personal conduct is correct,” Confucius said, “his government is effective without the issuing of orders.
If his personal conduct is not correct, he may issue orders, but they will not be followed.” ― Evan Osnos, “Liu Zhijun would eventually go on trial.
I control my own fate,” he wrote, adding, “You can’t change the starting point of your life, but with study and hard work, you can change the endpoint!It was not always easy to say which Bare-Handed Fortunes were legitimate and which were not, but political office was a reliable pathway to wealth on a scale of its own.By 2012 the richest seventy members of China’s national legislature had a net worth of almost ninety billion dollars—more than ten times the combined net worth of the entire U. Congress.” ― Evan Osnos, “Americans tend to see themselves in control of their fate, while Chinese see fate as something external,” Lam, the professor, said.The behavioral scientists Elke Weber and Christopher Hsee have compared Chinese and American approaches to financial risk.In a series of experiments, they found that Chinese investors overwhelmingly described themselves as more cautious than Americans.