The book discusses essences of the real China, her failure in the second half of the 19th century and her meteoric renaissance since 1980.
China has a long tradition dated back to her founding c. 2700 BCE. Chinese civilization developed on the philosophies of Lao Zi and Confucius; the latter was officially sanctioned in 134 BCE. China is the only country in the world developed into a civilization state based upon the nonsectarian Confucianism. Over the centuries, China was invaded and even ruled by nomads many times, but at the end of the day, these nomads became assimilated, leaving Chinese civilization unscathed as well as enriched, and her territories enlarged. The composition of China is thus complex, with many different races and religions, yet they have coexisted peacefully for most of the time since time immemorial. This is a unique feature in the world. China began to lose ground to Western and other invasions between 1842 and 1945. During a large part of the 20th century, China was engulfed in wars against Japan, civil wars, and a series of political movements. Chaos ended with the infamous Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Since 1978, China has found a new direction and has shaped her own path of development in the light of her traditions and the modern ambiance of the world. Ever since, China has enjoyed unprecedented annual growth. This book discusses those historical developments that made China the way she was and is now, as well as the fundamental differences between China and the West, some of which are irreconcilable.
丘宏義，康乃爾大學博士，上海出生，臺北長大，旅居美國，環遊世界，時代雜誌（Times）曾冊封為「最優秀的美國科學家」。丘博士任職於美國國家航空暨太空總署（NASA）擔任天文物理及太空科學專家長達35年，曾在知名大學如哥倫比亞大學、耶魯大學、紐約市立大學石溪大學等兼任教授，著有科學著作130餘篇、書籍十餘冊、科普中文譯作十餘冊、科普文章十餘篇等。美國聯邦政府退休後與海外華人菁英創辦漢世紀集團與EHGBooks微出版公司，並且擔任資深合夥人兼任總裁，帶領漢世紀技術團隊致力研發華人世界科技與人文的資訊解決方案：2008年帶領漢世紀推動臺灣加入聯合國教科文組織（UNESCO）贊助的世界數位圖書館（World Digital Library），2012年帶領漢世紀開發全球第一套Amazon微出版漢字標準資訊解決方案（Amazon Micropublishing Chinese Solution）。Dr. Hong-Yee Chiu, Ph. D. Cornell University, has a long and distinguished career as a space scientist with NASA while holding professorships in Columbia University, Yale University, among others. He has been actively promoting Sino-Century Cultures in Great Washington D.C. Area after his retire from U.S. Federal Government NASA. Being the Founder and President of EHanism Group and EHGBooks Publishing House, Dr. Chiu has written many books in Chinese as well in English and he has been paying attention to the trend of digital-publishing and micropublishing research.