O'Reilly logo

In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade by Damien Ma, William Adams

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

7. Ideology: The unbearable lightness of the Yellow River Spirit

Have you heard of the Yellow River Spirit? Neither had the tens of thousands of aspiring Chinese civil servants who stared blankly at the final essay question of the 2011 civil service exam on the subject of “Carry Forward the Yellow River Spirit,” to be exposited from an angle of their choice.1 The test takers had studied Chinese Communist Party (CCP) history and ideology since childhood and could reflexively recite dozens of its slogans and dogmas. And yet writing a précis on the Yellow River Spirit had stumped them. Their bewilderment was no accident. Yellow River Spirit sounds indistinguishable in form or content from any number of CCP slogans—Harmonious Society, Scientific ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required