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Annie Wang

Shanghai, China

Annie Wang is a journalist, public speaker, and author who specializes women’s issue. She has published eight Chinese books and two English novels. Her English debut, Lili - A Novel of Tiananmen, (June 2001 Pantheon Books) published internationally to critical acclaims. A multi-layered novel, Lili, is a story of a "bad girl's" maturation and adventure in the Post-Mao Era leading up the Tiananmen Student Movement in 1989. Her most recent English novel, The People’s Republic of Desire (Harper Collins 2006) is a hilarious satire and an insightful portrait of China’s MTV generation, urban women, and cross-cultural relationships. It has been hailed as a cross between Sex and the City and Joy Luck Club. A child prodigy in her native China, Annie Wang studied mass communications at UC Berkeley and won the Berkeley Poetry Contest in 1996 with two poems, "Speaking to Mao Tse-tung, Tongue-in-cheek" and "A Woman from a Mountain Area". She has worked for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, and then served in the Washington Post's Beijing bureau and the US State Department. In 2004, she returned to China and ran a fashion magazine in Shanghai. Currently, she lives with her husband and son and divides time between the U.S. and China. Close.

Annie Wang

Shanghai, China

Annie Wang is a journalist, public speaker, and author who specializes women’s issue. She has published eight Chinese books and two English novels. more »

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July 10, 2007 9:44 AM

Playing Hardball in the Cloak of Democracy

Don't get me wrong. I'm very much of a Western pro-democracy type of mentality. But I really think Taiwan's president is using his version of "democracy" to create chaos and to agitate the mainland.

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April 10, 2007 9:45 AM

Emperors, Concubines and Politics Today

China learns from the outside world fast. There have been Chinese versions of the American Idol show, The Apprentice, etc. But if you ask what shows have been most popular, I'd say they have always been series and soap operas set in imperial China. At the moment, for example, it's the 80-episode TV series about the second emperor in the Tang Dynasty.

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March 25, 2007 11:32 AM

Youth Dream of Being Journalists, Not Judges

I remember when I worked for the U.S. State Department to receive visitors from China, there was always confusion on the Chinese side. They don't understand why the U.S. government includes legislative and judicial branches. For them, the word government (or Zhengfu in Chinese) is equal to the word "administration." And in their view, naturally a mayor holds the higher position and supervises a judge. The Chinese were shocked to see that in some American cities, the city hall is modest and small, with few steps and columns. Americans, for their part, were often equally shocked to see a twenty-something Chinese woman with no college degree being a municipal judge.

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March 23, 2007 5:10 PM

China's Majority Doesn't Get Dalai Lama

People often mention Tibet and Xinjiang when talking about ethnic and religious conflict. But if you ask most people within China how view this issue, you might get the response that there is not much ethnic conflict in our country at all.

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February 7, 2007 1:01 PM

China and Africa Must Bridge Cultural Divides

Can a developing country colonize other developing countries? The Chinese would definitely call its presence in Africa friendship and cooperation rather than colonization, a word they are very sensitive about. Having been half-colonized by Western powers for a long time, the Chinese know very well not to impose their values on Africans and not to hurt African nations’ pride when they come to their countries. So we see this approach: “Buddies, let’s help each other and do business!”

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