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The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

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The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream by Dan Washburn

In China, just because something is banned, doesn't mean it can't boom... Statistically, zero percent of the Chinese population plays golf, still known as the "rich man's game" and considered taboo. Yet China is in the midst of a golf boom — hundreds of new courses have opened in the past decade, despite it being illegal for anyone to build them. Award-winning journalist Dan Washburn charts a vivid path through this contradictory country by following the lives of three men intimately involved in China's bizarre golf scene. We meet Zhou, a peasant turned golf pro who discovered the game when he won a job as a security guard at one of the new, exclusive clubs and who sees himself entering the emerging Chinese middle class as a result; Wang, a lychee farmer whose life is turned upside down when a massive, top-secret golf resort moves in next door to his tiny village; and Martin, a Western executive maneuvering through China's byzantine and highly political business environment, ever watchful for Beijing's "golf police." The Forbidden Game is a rich and arresting portrait of the world's newest superpower and three different paths to the new Chinese Dream.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 320
Size: 4.1 MB
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781780741055 (DRM-EPUB)

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05/26/2017
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