Mai-Lin My China

It is not easy to grow up in a country where your parents, -- and much more so your grandparents -- have grown up under conditions you cannot imagine.

It is not easy to carry their expectations to achieving everything that was not possible for them to achieve. It is not easy to on one hand master an exam-driven school system and on the other hand develop creative thinking and become China’s Steve Jobs. And, as if all of this were not enough, you have to accompany a Chinese-American girl who visits China for the first time and just keeps annoying you with her thinking that everything is better in America, then you know how Mai-Lin feels when she meets Wendy from New York during spring festival in Chegdu. Overwhelmed and helpless and upset. But things start to change ... (CITIC Press October 2010).

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