For more than a century, the United States and China have been partners in an occasionally graceful-but often awkward-cultural-political tango. In this insightful narrative, Souhua Qi, part of a new generation of scholars whose life experiences in China and the West serve as the basis for an acute analysis of cross-cultural perceptions, weaves literary and cultural criticism together with journeys across time, politics, and popular culture.
Part memoir, Qi reveals the China complex as a manifestation of the search for meaning at many levels: personal, national, and global. Qi’s comments on U.S. and Chinese perceptions of military might, presidential sex scandals, Chinese and American media throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and today, serve as a powerful foundation for how the United States and China must deal with one another in the years ahead.
For anyone seeking a cogent assessment of the interpersonal foundations of the U.S. and China relationship in the twenty-first century, China Complex is a must-read.