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Catching Up Fast, the 2nd edition


The 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is drawing near. It will be a manifestation of security on October 1, but there will be celebrations too. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has promised to showcase its newest hardware in a parade passing Tiananmen Square. And students from the city’s schools – 200 000 of them some reports say – will be coordinated in a colorful stadium art show.
This is one aspect of China: security, oppression and collectivism. Some 350 million Internet users reflect another aspect of this great continent: millions and millions of discussions and conversations in blog and BBS postings. They chat about services, products and choices, but also about everyday life and society. Some topics are certainly forbidden, and much is filtered and censored. But there is such a powerful force in this huge virtual arena and so much to learn for everyone. About China’s present and future in general, and about social media in particular.
That’s why we published our book “Catching Up Fast” in 2007. And that’s why we now have published a second revised edition. We’ve kept the title, although obviously so much has happened that the phrase is somewhat obsolete. But after the events of 2008 and 2009, perhaps it’s time to change perspective. Much of the world’s future dynamics and development will probably emerge from China and Asia. So, if there is a challenge to catch up fast – it will probably be ours!
If you want to order our book, please send an email to ann.sundin@springtime.nu (the price is SEK 240).


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