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The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China
 

The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Langfitt, Frank

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As any traveller knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when journalist Frank Langfitt wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab - and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change. The Chinese eco...nomic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the twenty-first century. Yet few realise that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China is unequal growth, political anxiety and a newly empowered strongman president. In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered the citizens of Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself. Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country.
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ISBN 9781474612326
Released AU 11 Jun 2019
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781474612326
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 11 Jun 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Langfitt, Frank
Category Biography & Autobiography
Travel Writing
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 951.0612092
Weight 400g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress China - Civilization - 2002
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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