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Bad Elements

(2001)
Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
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Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China's future to be found amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral campaign in Taiwan or in the maneuvers by which ordinary residents of Beijing quietly resist the authority of the state?

These are among the questions that Ian Buruma poses in this enlightening and often moving tour of Chinese dissidence. Moving from the quarrelsome exile communities of the U. S. to Singapore and Hong Kong and from persecuted Christians to Internet "hacktivists," Buruma captures an entire spectrum of opposition to the orthodoxies of the Communist Party. He explores its historical antecedents its conflicting notions of freedom and the paradoxical mix of courage and cussedness that inspires its members. Panoramic and intimate, disturbing and inspiring, Bad Elements is a profound meditation on the themes of national identity and political struggle.

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Hardback Editions

January 2002 : UK Hardback
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese rebels from LA to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
ISBN: 0-297-64313-4 / 978-0-297-64313-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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November 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
ISBN: 0-679-45768-2 / 978-0-679-45768-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
ISBN: 1-84354-963-8 / 978-1-84354-963-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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August 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese rebels from LA to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
ISBN: 0-7538-1699-7 / 978-0-7538-1699-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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November 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
ISBN: 0-679-78136-6 / 978-0-679-78136-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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November 2002 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Author(s): Ian Buruma
Publisher: Vintage
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