Friday, September 09, 2011

What is the Chinese dream? - Helen Wang

Helen Wang
The question "What is the Chinese dream?" is easier to ask than to answer, discovered Helen Wang, author of the book "The Chinese Dream", when talking to audiences in the US. The result of her quest in Forbes.
I believe part of the reason that people in the West fear China is that they are not certain whether China will be a benign power or an evil power because they don’t know what the Chinese Dream is. 
The United States as a superpower has done many wrong things and bad things in the world. But people around the world in general know what the U. S. stands for. Some people may disagree or resent U.S. foreign policies, but few people see the U. S. as an evil power. It is time for China to define a new dream. The real Chinese dream has to come from the Chinese people – something that reflects the fundamental values of who they are and what they represent.  
It will probably require some deep soul searching of an entire generation or even several generations of the Chinese people to identify the true Chinese dream. Now my book The Chinese Dream is being published in China. It is my hope that it will not only serve as a bridge between China and the West, but also start an important conversation about the Chinese Dream.
More in Forbes Helen Wang is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need her at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch.
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