Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance?with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020?and China?s first generations of only-daughters. Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, e Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequence...

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Title:Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower
Author:Roseann Lake
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393254631
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower Reviews

  • Susan
    Mar 01, 2018
    I bought this book after reading all the controversy over it, so wanted to see for myself what it was all about. I quickly figured it wasn?t like Leta Hong Fincher?s book, the other book it?s been compared to. I?ll review hers later this month. For Lake?s book, I thought it f...
  • xq
    May 25, 2018
    this was super interesting to read & think about. i appreciated that it wasn't only about china, but also singapore/japan/korea. fascinating and well-written. ...
  • Ran
    May 26, 2018
    Roseann Lake examines the "leftover" women of China, investigating the effects of the One-Child policy, gender and economic inequality, and the experience of young women in China as they approach the culturally-deemed spinster age of 30. Her examination is heavily female-focused but al...
  • Bianca
    May 17, 2018
    While I find the topic enthralling I feel like this book only covered the surface level of this larger, more encompassing situation in China. I wanted more full interviews and less regurgitated facts. I want to know how the women and men are really feeling. Do they even want to get mar...
  • Ravi
    Apr 13, 2018
    This was a very interesting look at Chinese (and global) views on marriage, Chinese dating culture, the One Child policy and Asian demographic trends. The author inserted too much of her Western bias for my tastes but the book was otherwise great. ...
  • William
    Jun 19, 2018
    I very much enjoyed the audiobook version. An interesting and informative lens through which to see contemporary China. ...
  • Katrina (bookish_kat)
    Jun 27, 2018
    This was really interesting. Very informative about the population disparities in China and these leftover women. I liked that there were stories and information about the author's friends and not just a bunch of scholarly information only. ...
  • Jonathan Yu
    Feb 16, 2018
    I recognize that as a man, I cannot testify to experiencing this for myself so let?s get that out of the way. I also recognize that I?m an outsider to the mainland, but then again so is the author. With all that being said this is an okay book that most deeply focuses on a very...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Oct 14, 2017
    The gender imbalance caused by the one-child policy in China is well known , but it is way more complicated than that. Urban couples who accepted girls as their only children poured resources into their upbringing, resulting in highly educated, globally sophisticated women who are stil...
  • Linh
    Apr 07, 2018
    I found this to be a fun and easy read; it makes sense that Lake writes for the Economist. This book is a series of long-form magazine articles. Would recommend if you're interested in dating/relationships/marriage, China and the intersection of the two. Post-reading the book, I stu...
  • Charlotte
    Jun 17, 2018
    Interesting, but a little heavy on the anecdotes where I'd rather read something more comprehensive and detailed. Still, it gave me a couple of recs for other books that more deeply explore the subject and it was easy enough to read. ...
  • Richard
    Mar 15, 2018
    ** didn't finish ** Didn't finish this book, but found it to be rubbish. It is the author's ' generalizations ' of what Chinese woman are, want, etc. to be untrue, especially coming from a non-chinese person. ...
  • Ines
    Jan 14, 2018
    I'm not a big non fiction reader, but I was fascinated by this book. I knew very little on this subject, so I learned a lot. Lake does a great job explaining how life is for young chinese women. She does this with many first hand experiences which made it even more enjoyable. Easy to r...
  • Beverly
    Apr 19, 2018
    great topic, didn't love the writing ...
  • May
    May 09, 2018
    It's a great read! Just a note on the narration of the audiobook: the narrator obviously does not speak Mandarin as all the intonations were absent. I had a hard time understanding some of the words she was saying, as she was just pronouncing the words. ...
  • Ellie
    Mar 18, 2018
    Very insightful book ! I knew the situation of so called leftover women was not good, but this book makes me realise that some of these women are able to live life at the fullest despite their parents will and society pressure. The book tells the story of a number of clever and ambit...
  • David Kirschner
    Apr 16, 2018
    Fascinating book about educated women in urban China and their struggles dealing with expectations of marriage. There's history of marriage, love, and family planning policies in China, cross-cultural comparisons with Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the US, some discussion of the pressure...
  • Angela Kelly
    Jan 04, 2018
    I was fascinated by this book. I've always been intrigued by the Chinese attitude towards education, and wondered what my life would have been like if I'd been born there. I was thinking of the positives of such a rigorous education system, and had no clue at all about the societal pre...
  • Sigrid-marianella
    Feb 17, 2018
    Having seen the leftover monologues staged in Beijing in 2014 I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released and to get to know these awe-inspiring women better. This book follows the personal stories of a handful of so-called ?leftover? women, revealing that unlike wh...
  • B. Cheng
    Mar 06, 2018
    As an expat living in China for over 10 years and with a lot of Chinese friends, much of what is in this book didn't come as a surprise and the reasons and issues faced by the "leftover" women were all very familiar. For someone who isn't familiar with the issue, this book will serve a...
  • Johnxenak
    Jan 05, 2018
    Phenomenal window into the female experience in modern China. The story is told through humor, wit, and fascinating insights. A must-read for any Sinophiles. ...
  • ❇Critterbee
    Oct 03, 2017
    This is a very interesting and eye-opening read about the amazing women in China who have widely achieved an unprecedented level of ass-kickingly professional success. These brilliant, successful, highly educated women are almost running the country, and are propelling China forward to...
  • Adri Joy
    Feb 23, 2018
    Despite my interest in the subject, I will not be touching this book. Unintentionally or otherwise, it erases the groundbreaking contributions in this field made by Leta Hong Fincher, whose public writing on this subject has been available since 2011 and whose own book, Leftover Women:...
  • Angela
    Jul 07, 2018
    An interesting perspective on modern Chinese society. Although on the back of my mind I knew about this issue that a lot of my female Chinese friends face, being an ABC I didn?t really understand the extent of it. This book offers an interesting insight of what it means to be ?...
  • Diana Baquero
    Feb 27, 2018
    In addition to providing a socioeconomic analysis of the value and contributions of women in the Chinese economy, Lake beautifully conveys the nuanced experiences of "leftover" women in China who are navigating restrictive and unequal gender norms while trying to balance their personal...
  • Chris
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is a very nicely written book, depicting almost all aspects of the lives of Chinese leftover women. However, it doesn't cover all the typical examples, with sometimes biased views from a foreigner (I am a Chinese man). Overall, I recommend this book as a reference for those wh...
  • Suzanne
    Feb 18, 2018
    A really interesting, eye-opening and quickly-read report on what it?s like to be a well-educated, female 30-something in China today, and the various cultural and economic forces that play into it. As an extra benefit to me personally, it explained SO much about the previously mysti...
  • Cravelit
    Jan 05, 2018
    A compelling well written and documented account of the challenges and benefits that China's first generations of urban only-daughters encountered as a result of the one-child policy. It is filled with witty anecdotes and historical facts. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read. ...
  • Marina Martin
    Mar 07, 2018
    It was a fascinating read, a really well written book! Kept me interested from the beginning to the end. A delightful insight on the female reality in contemporary China. For someone like me, who gets bored very quickly when reading non fictional books, it was great. I loved all four s...
  • BillBaba
    Mar 26, 2018
    A page turner. Don't want to put it down. Well organized, entertaining, enlightening and leaves you wanting a sequel to see how the lives of the circle of friends develop. Reminds me of Peter Hessler's narratives of an expat's life in China. Lots of detail tied to forces (family member...