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With journalistic acumen and a novelist's flair Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 the recent generations raised under China's single child policy At a time when the country continues to transform at the speed of light these generations of precious 'one and onlies' are burdened with expectation yet have often been brought up without a. This book describes 10 years of research done by the author on China s first generation of only children who began to reach normal marrying age and childbearing age in 2002 It was pretty interesting but I found some of the concepts a bit hard to understand For example the attitude of some of the parents towards their children and vice versa seemed uite extreme and the pressure that is described as having been placed on only children by their parents and grandparents is scary

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Ody the hopes and fears of a great nation at a time of unprecedented change It is a time of fragmentation heart breaking and inspiring in eual measure in which capitalism vies with communism the city with the countryside and Western opportunity with Eastern tradition Through the fascinating stories of these only children we catch a startling glimpse of the emerging face of Chi. This book offers such an interesting glance into a time period in China that many of us might not know about or understand its implications on the families I have heard of this policy but have never read anything about itThe one child policy implemented in China during 1979 till mid 1980 s had a lot of ramifications and this book focuses mostly on the personal aspects of it on select individual as well as herselfThe author interviews a handful of Chinese kids in their 20 s to talk about what it s like for them as well as interviewing their parents with a few paragraphs here and there about her own personal experience A lot of these kids come from a good background and are continuing their education abroadGoing into this book I did not think it would be a personal account nor an interview based book I expected it to be a in depth view on the policy and its implementation as well as what has happened in a nation widegovernment view with a few studies and statistics The personal side that this book covered I felt was done well and it was interesting because I ve learned something completely new about the individuals the effect of the policy on them and their culture but that s not the only side of the story I was interested in and it s probably my fault for expecting this without properly looking up the book before reading itI also felt that the book was very focused on conversations that at some point it felt like it was being narrated like a play and I didn t enjoy that and was bored half way through by all the chatter that I skippedskimmed a few chapters at the end It s probably of a personal preference but I wish the bookchatter was summarized and didn t rely so much on the aforementioned I have I want to say about the book nevertheless if you re interested in the topic you will definitely learn something new from reading this book but not a wider glance on the policy if you re here for that

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Ny sense of responsibility Within their families they are revered as 'little emperors' and 'suns' although such cosseting can come at a high price isolation confusion and an inability to deal with life's challengesFrom the business man's son unable to pack his own suitcase to the PhD student who pulled herself out of extreme rural poverty Xinran shows how these generations emb. The book to be precise should be titled Xinran s experiences of encountering with children of one child families If you are in expecting either an approachable scientific study or even a journalistic piece you will soon find author s voice a little bit overwhelming and too personal to be called truth

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • Buy Me the Sky
  • Xinran
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9781846044717

About the Author: Xinran

Xue Xinran who usually writes as simply Xinran was a radio broadcaster in China before moving to Great Britain and beginning to publish books She currently writes as a columnist



10 thoughts on “Buy Me the Sky

  1. says:

    35 ⛤When I was young and naïver I thought that some of the biggest issues had the simplest answers Overpopulation of the planet was a hot topic debated to death by my peer groups People were starving and Bob wa

  2. says:

    I am a big fan of Xinran’s books It is still difficult to find female Chinese writers writing about women’s issues in China in English Whil

  3. says:

    This book describes 10 years of research done by the author on China's first generation of only children who began to reach normal marrying age and childbearing age in 2002 It was pretty interesting but I found some of the

  4. says:

    The book to be precise should be titled 'Xinran's experiences of encountering with children of one child families' If you are in expecting either an approachable scientific study or even a journalistic piece you will soon find author's voice a

  5. says:

    I was born in 1980 the first year of the fully fledged one child policy and so when I spent some of my childhood in China my schoolmates were the first generation to be affected by it I've therefore always followed the development of the one child policy closely and when I heard Xinran speak about this issue on the radio I was keen to read the book and discover the results of her researchUnfortunately I found the book to be highly anecdot

  6. says:

    Buy Me the Sky documents the lives of 9 only children from China's only child generation Her clear passion for her country and her people shine in this book It provides an interesting and thoughtful point of view to the only child generation and leaves me wondering what will come as the years progress She touches very b

  7. says:

    4 stars for its educational valueThrough its stories this book offers an informal way to gain an insight to the truth of China's one child policy While we all know that this policy was launched in an effort to control the growth of China's population the social conseuences as a result is something to ponder about

  8. says:

    This book offers such an interesting glance into a time period in China that many of us might not know about or understand its implications on the families I have heard of this policy but have never read anything about itThe one child policy implemented in China during 1979 till mid 1980’s had a lot of ramifications and this book focuses mostly on the personal aspects of it on select individual as well as her

  9. says:

    A bit of a slow read but it was worth persevering to the end Xinran observes and analyses snippets of the lives of a number of young single child Chinese people she encounters outside of China mainly in the UK where they've come to study abroad Their world views are sometimes uite different from what we in the West are use

  10. says:

    An interesting book about some Chinese children today The single child policy in China has resulted in couples are putting all their love into one child this child never learns to share as he has no siblings In some not all families the single child is so loved and protected that the parents end up doing everything for that child and I mean everything think of a 19 year old boy off to college his mother drives to college

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