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China’s New 21st-Century Realities

Social Equity in a Time of Change

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Edited By Richard Greggory Johnson III

China’s New 21 st -Century Realities: Social Equity in a Time of Change examines the new social justice realities in China. Often when people think of China they think of a very rigid, patriarchal society where oppression is the order of the day. However, this book aims to debunk some of those preconceived notions by addressing issues such as single men living in rural China, professional women in politics, and the baggage that comes with being considered an outsider. The book looks at China through a critical social justice prism that has seldom been used before. Contributors also take on race and ethnicity as a means to understanding that China, like many nations in the world, is becoming increasingly diverse in many areas including religion and gender roles. This book is a must read for anyone that is truly interested in unlearning what they believe they know about human rights in China.

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154 | contributors Jeanne Powell has earned degrees from Wayne State University and the University of San Francisco. She writes cultural reviews, prose poems, flash fiction, and stage plays. Her books in print include My Own Silence and Word Dancing, both from Taurean Horn Press. In 2014 Regent Press published Carousel and Two Seasons. For 10 years Jeanne hosted “Celebration of the Word,” an award-winning spoken- word series. She is the inspiration behind Meridien PressWorks,™ which published the Living Treasures Project in 2005. Her own poems appear in five anthologies. She has taught in the OLLI, CS, and Upward Bound programs on college campuses. Efleda Tolentino is director of the Early Childhood Education Program in the College of Education, Information, and Technology at Long Island University (Post), New York. Dr. Tolentino earned her PhD in early childhood and elemen- tary education with an area of concentration in language and literacy from New York University. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of the Philippines. Her teaching is a reflection of her work with young children and students, teachers, and families. She believes in the role of teacher educators as agents of change, posing dilemmas that challenge teacher candidates to think in more critical ways. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s work, she asserts that teacher education is challenged to be a vehicle for transformation. In this scenario, education becomes a space that provides teacher candidates countless opportunities to reinvent themselves, shape their beliefs,...

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