Will China’s Consumer Driven Middle Class Become the Saving Grace for America’s Economic Woes?

Surprisingly, The Chinese Dream may just turn out to be the American Dream.

PALO ALTO, Calif. March 14, 2011 – Helen Wang, the author of The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You will speak to The INSEAD Alumni Association of Northern California on April 4, 2011 in Palo Alto about the challenges and opportunities of a rising Chinese middle class.

Over the next 15 years, the Chinese middle class is estimated to reach 800 million, more than double today’s number.

The Chinese Dream offers a fascinating look at the huge and growing Chinese middle class and the impact it is having, and will continue to have, on the United States and the world. The author uses her interviews with a diverse array of Chinese citizens in many walks of life to explore how life has changed in China in the past several decades.

The Chinese Dream tells one of the most important stories of our time,” says Ken Wilcox, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. “Helen Wang enlightens us with the possibility of ‘unity in diversity’. A comprehensive, and yet easy to read book about modern China.”

Interspersed with the author’s interviews and the facts and statistics gleaned from a number of news sources and reports are the author’s personal stories and reflections on her childhood in China, her arrival in the United States, and her visits back to that nation over the years. She challenges Western myths about China with strong research and pointed facts, and successfully paints a picture of the incredible opportunities that await the world if a spirit of openness and understanding can be brought to bear on relationships between China and the United States.

“I believe that the world’s stability and prosperity will depend on how well China and the West understand each other, trust each other, and learn from each other,” Wang said.

The Chinese Dream is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.


Helen Wang is a Forbes columnist and consultant on China’s middle class. Originally from China, Wang graduated from Stanford University with a master’s degree. She has been worked in Silicon Valley, holding a variety of jobs, from consultant to Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneur at Internet start-ups. A sought-after speaker, Wang now divides her time between consulting for companies doing business in China and helping non-profit organizations make a difference.

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