The Chinese Dream Is Winner of 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award

I am thrilled to announce that my book The Chinese Dream has won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award!

About 1,000 authors and publishers participated in the Eric Hoffer Book Award this year. The Chinese Dream has endured rigorous judging and received the highest distinction of Eric Hoffer Book Award in the business book category.

There are fourteen categories under the Eric Hoffer Book Award, including fiction, poetry, memoir, and so on.

According to the letter I received from The Eric Hoffer Award, "each winner was determined to be unique, worthy, and well produced in all aspects of writing and publishing."

This is in addition to the First Horizon Award I received earlier.

I am really encouraged by the awards. As a first time author, I am truly grateful for all the people who helped along way in making this book a success.

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The Chinese Dream 2nd Edition with Foreword by Lord Wei

I am delighted to announce that The Chinese Dream 2nd edition, with Foreword by Lord Wei, will be out soon. The 2nd edition has new materials, updated data and more stories.

Below is the new Foreword by Lord Wei:

Foreword

Helen Wang’s book represents a powerful contribution to a timely debate about China’s role in the world and how changes wrought by her rising middle class will affect us all. In the past the Chinese Dream spoke of centuries of innovation that have given us gunpowder, beautiful ceramics, and gigantic monuments that speak of the Middle Kingdom’s civilization, inventiveness and its ability to organize its affairs over a vast land mass and population covering many millions.

The Chinese Dream today as portrayed in Helen’s book speaks of a changing China that is discovering consumerism, that is increasingly globalised, and also at a crossroads. Will her path in years to come continue to be one that resembles that of Western countries with all the benefits of further urbanization, wealth, and industrialization, but at the same time challenges in managing scarce resources, population migration, and the social problems that affluence can bring, elsewhere called ‘Affluenza’? Or will the Chinese people themselves inside and outside China create a new sustainable Chinese Dream, based on their ancient values of respect for culture, family, and nature, harnessing technology and creativity?

Only time will tell, but Helen’s book gives insights into how middle class Chinese consumers are thinking, what they are buying, and the lifestyle pressures they are facing which hints at the possible paths ahead. Over time the symbols of the Chinese Dream will emerge, just as red pillar boxes and the English countryside did for the British Dream in the 19th century and white picket fences and jeans have for the American Dream in the 20th century. The enduring symbols of the Chinese Dream are being invented at this very moment in time.

Above all, and whichever Dream emerges, Helen’s book is a reminder of how China’s destiny and that of the rest of the world are now inextricably linked, in a Oneness, that can no longer be ignored. To act in ignorance of this interdependence could tear the world apart; embracing it on the other hand may provide a way out of the many challenges we face in the early 21st century. If Chinese and non-Chinese can build on their mutual strengths and come up with innovative solutions that bring together the best of the East and the West then we will all increasingly benefit from the Chinese Dream.

Lord Wei of Shoreditch

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The Chinese Dream Book Trailer for the Chinese Edition

This is a book trailer for the Chinese edition of my book The Chinese Dream, now available in China:

I really like this version. I think it is good for Chinese audiences. What do you think?

The Chinese edition of The Chinese Dream is available at Amazon.cn and Dangdang.com, a clone of Amazon in China.

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