Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha and Other Encounters in China and TibetBook - 2003 | 1st ed.
Adventures in a nation on the road Long caricatured as a land of stagnant traditions or lockstep Maoist conformity, China today is a country on the move. Literally--China's new migrant labor pool, known as the "blind river," logs in more road miles and piecework hours than any other workforce in the world--but also mentally and spiritually, as more and more Chinese search for some new faith, whether Maoist, Buddhist, humanist, or laissez-faire - to fill in where decaying Party ideology leaves off. The new China, where religious pilgrims cross paths with born-again capitalists and uprooted communards, is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment. The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims: wandering farmhands, itinerant actors, a qi gong guru, a careerist policeman, a muckraking lawyer, a die-hard revolutionary agitator, a Taiwanese con man, a Tibetan lama, and many more. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux : Distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 915.1 K23
Characteristics: xviii, 394 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.