What the U.S. Can Learn From China

What the U.S. Can Learn From China

An Open-minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher

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Details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and explores how the United States can learn from these principles to enact changes at home.

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Lee (finance, New York U.) assesses America's current economic challenges and suggests lessons from China's economic approach that could strengthen our economic and political systems. The author thoughtfully advocates for meritocracy, five-year plans, special economic zones, and tighter regulation of the financial services industry. Lee's refreshing analysis belongs on the shelf of every public and college library. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world, and many predict it will surpass the United States’ by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?

Mainstream media and the U.S. government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks, What can America learn from its competition?

Why did China recover so quickly after the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the United States can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home.

This is no whitewash. Lee is fully aware of China’s shortcomings, particularly in the area of human rights. She has relatives who suffered during the Cultural Revolution. But by overemphasizing our differences with China, the United States stands to miss a vital opportunity. Filled with sharp insights and thorough research, What the U.S. Can Learn from China is Lee’s rallying cry for a new approach at a time when learning from one another is the key to surviving and thriving.

Winner of the Gold IPPY award in the category of current events.



While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world, and many predict it will surpass the United States’ by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?

Mainstream media and the U.S. government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks, What can America learn from its competition?

Why did China recover so quickly after the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the United States can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home.

This is no whitewash. Lee is fully aware of China’s shortcomings, particularly in the area of human rights. She has relatives who suffered during the Cultural Revolution. But by overemphasizing our differences with China, the United States stands to miss a vital opportunity. Filled with sharp insights and thorough research, What the U.S. Can Learn from China is Lee’s rallying cry for a new approach at a time when learning from one another is the key to surviving and thriving.

Winner of the Gold IPPY award in the category of current events.



Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xvii, 267 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781609941246
1609941241
Branch Call Number: 320.973 Lee

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Feb 06, 2014

An idiotic book, written by an idiot! (If she were in China, and wrote a book about America like this, they would have tossed her in a slave labor camp, or removed and sold her organs, or other such delightful activities!) Not surprised the author worked for McKinsey Global Institute (read p.139 of "The Billionaire's Apprentice" and see Diana Farrell's background at McKinsey Global, her online youtube vids where she's promoting the offshoring of all jobs to China, and the book she edited called "Offshoring" ). Corporate America has offshored the jobs, technology and investment to China - - so where's this so-called competition, Lee? ? Book comes up short, and so does its author! [FYI: Presently, the highest murder rate in China occurs within the ranks of its billionaires (not kidding! ! !) as they are the political-oligarch class who have evolved as their country's capitalistic totalitarian country has evolved - - not surprising all the EB5 visas the billionaires put in for.]

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