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I am a big fan of Xinran s books It is still difficult to find female Chinese writers writing about women s issues in China in English While Chinese women are taking up the pen regarding these issues, Xinran was one of the first She was in China collecting women s stories when many people in China thought those stories weren t important Her books The Good Women of China and Letters From an Unknown Chinese Mother were groundbreaking in their time This time, Xinran has widened her scope and looks at the first generation of young men and women raised under the One Child Policy in her new book Buy Me The Sky Be sure to read my interview with her about this book here many theorists, psychologists, moralists, and even economists have all weighed in on what the outcome would be for China s only children generations, we had to wait for those first only children to grow up before they could tell their own stories and begin to piece together the real emotional impact of what it means to be, not just an only child, but a country of only children Xinran finds a group of these young people, mostly through casual acquaintance, and tells their stories.Unfortunately, I think the stories are very limited 9 of the 10 chapters the 9 people who get a whole chapter to themselves are students she met who were living abroad That means these are all rather affluent people There are some variations in their stories, one girl was a waitress and one young man was from the countryside and borrowed money from his extended family to leave China, but the type of person who has the opportunity to go abroad is very different from someone who cannot afford to school, or was a left behind child, or was denied a hukou I think that chapter 10 was the strongest because it focused on all of those other ones, the ones she met in China They are all lumped together though and I would have liked to have seen variety throughout all of her interviewees.Of course, no two people are alike Even if she had 20 interviews in the book and had met Chinese youths from all over the world, in and out of China, the stories would not have been representative How do you write a book about millions of people It is impossible This book at least offers a glimpse of what life was like for those kids Hopefully this will be just a jumping off point for writers, researchers, and the youths themselves to tell their stories.This book is a good introduction to the One Child Policy and what life was like for that first generation growing up under it.Have you read Buy Me The Sky What did you think Let me know in the comments Read at my blog I was born in 1980, the first year of the fully fledged one child policy and so when I spent some of my childhood in China, my schoolmates were the first generation to be affected by it I ve therefore always followed the development of the one child policy closely and when I heard Xinran speak about this issue on the radio, I was keen to read the book and discover the results of her research.Unfortunately, I found the book to be highly anecdotal and greatly influenced by the author s opinions The interviews were not conducted in a documentary manner rather, they are simply a collection of the author s recollections of various conversations over decades, which are clearly written down long after the conversations took place The conversations themselves were obviously not recorded or transcribed and so Xinran s re imagining of them is overly dramatic and often does not ring true She takes a great deal of poetic licence in her reporting and often intercedes to give the subject a lecture about what they should be doing better.The topic is still interesting, but I expected I think justifiably a objective piece of reporting By the middle of the book I was tired of Xinran s moralising and just wanted to hear from the interviewees themselves. This book describes 10 years of research done by the author on China s first generation of only children who began to reach normal marrying age and childbearing age in 2002 It was pretty interesting but I found some of the concepts a bit hard to understand For example, the attitude of some of the parents towards their children and vice versa seemed quite extreme, and the pressure that is described as having been placed on only children by their parents and grandparents is scary. The book, to be precise, should be titled Xinran s experiences of encountering with children of one child families If you are in expecting either an approachable scientific study or even a journalistic piece, you will soon find author s voice a little bit overwhelming and too personal to be called truth. 4 stars for its educational valueThrough its stories, this book offers an informal way to gain an insight to the truth of China s one child policy While we all know that this policy was launched in an effort to control the growth of China s population, the social consequences as a result is something to ponder about. Buy Me the Sky documents the lives of 9 only children from China s only child generation Her clear passion for her country and her people shine in this book It provides an interesting and thoughtful point of view to the only child generation and leaves me wondering what will come as the years progress She touches very briefly on infanticide and the role of woman and daughters in a society where men and boys are much valuable but I believe she has another book about this issue It inspires me to read on the subject as this just touches the very surface of a huge issue. This book offers such an interesting glance into a time period in China that many of us might not know about or understand its implications on the families I have heard of this policy but have never read anything about it.The one child policy implemented in China during 1979 till mid 1980 s had a lot of ramifications and this book focuses mostly on the personal aspects of it on select individual as well as herself.The author interviews a handful of Chinese kids in their 20 s to talk about what it s like for them as well as interviewing their parents with a few paragraphs here and there about her own personal experience A lot of these kids come from a good background and are continuing their education abroad.Going into this book I did not think it would be a personal account nor an interview based book I expected it to be a in depth view on the policy and its implementation as well as what has happened in a nation wide government view with a few studies and statistics The personal side that this book covered I felt was done well and it was interesting because I ve learned something completely new about the individuals, the effect of the policy on them and their culture, but that s not the only side of the story I was interested in and it s probably my fault for expecting this without properly looking up the book before reading it.I also felt that the book was very focused on conversations that at some point it felt like it was being narrated like a play and I didn t enjoy that and was bored half way through by all the chatter that I skipped skimmed a few chapters at the end It s probably of a personal preference but I wish the book chatter was summarized and didn t rely so much on the aforementioned I have I want to say about the book, nevertheless if you re interested in the topic you will definitely learn something new from reading this book, but not a wider glance on the policy if you re here for that. A bit of a slow read but it was worth persevering to the end Xinran observes and analyses snippets of the lives of a number of young single child Chinese people she encounters outside of China, mainly in the UK where they ve come to study abroad Their world views are sometimes quite different from what we in the West are used to, and their reactions seem to me at least completely illogical at times I was wondering whether it s the author s original Chinese writing, or the English translation, or the different cultural background that was making the dialogue and the stories seem so surreal at certain points I still don t know but the book is interesting despite the sometimes illogical zigzags It really does offer a unique glimpse into current Chinese society through the eyes of a native Chinese who s lived in the UK for twenty years but has kept in touch with her country On a personal level, parts of the book reminded me of the reactions of a few Chinese people in their 30s whom I ve met in Europe and who have sometimes struck me as bizarre ungrateful and rude to be precise I am beginning to realise that what seems to me like ungratefulness and rudeness is not so much a personal trait but an acute expression of cultural differences, and possibly a side effect of people being brought up in a predominantly single child, overly materialistic society So thank you Xinran for helping me to understand better some of my Chinese acquaintances And I wonder how I must come across to them (Download Ebook) ã Buy Me the Sky õ With Journalistic Acumen And A Novelist S Flair, Xinran Tells The Remarkable Stories Of Men And Women Born In China After The Recent Generations Raised Under China S Single Child Policy At A Time When The Country Continues To Transform At The Speed Of Light, These Generations Of Precious One And Onlies Are Burdened With Expectation, Yet Have Often Been Brought Up Without Any Sense Of Responsibility Within Their Families, They Are Revered As Little Emperors And Suns , Although Such Cosseting Can Come At A High Price Isolation, Confusion And An Inability To Deal With Life S ChallengesFrom The Business Man S Son Unable To Pack His Own Suitcase, To The PhD Student Who Pulled Herself Out Of Extreme Rural Poverty, Xinran Shows How These Generations Embody The Hopes And Fears Of A Great Nation At A Time Of Unprecedented Change It Is A Time Of Fragmentation, Heart Breaking And Inspiring In Equal Measure, In Which Capitalism Vies With Communism, The City With The Countryside And Western Opportunity With Eastern Tradition Through The Fascinating Stories Of These Only Children, We Catch A Startling Glimpse Of The Emerging Face Of China I really enjoyed reading this book, for many reason First of all it s such a interesting story A story that I think is unknown by a lot of people But most of all it set me thinking Because this book is about my generation, most of them a little bit older tho I was born in China and it s most likely that because of the one child policy I was put op for adoption.So I could have been one of those children who grew up getting everthing they wanted not realising that one day they have to grow up and stand on there own feet I could have been that child who grew up treated like a little princess.So to make a long story short I think this is a lovely book, which gives a, for most of us, unknown picture of this generation in China If you are interested in China, in a little bit of history not much tho , in the one child policy, in the chinese society or you are just looking for a book which can teach you something but most of all is just lovely to read Read this one and the linguistic usage is quite easy, and my English is rubbisch so believe me