Tag: Taxi Drivers

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Dreams and Disillusionment

Shanghai Free Taxi: A Book Review

If you’ve lived in China (Shanghai, particularly), you’ll love Shanghai Free Taxi. If you’re making plans to go to China, it’s a great introduction. If neither, read it anyway. You'll smile and learn stuff along the way!

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Beijing Taxi

A Film Review

The film Beijing Taxi, directed by Miao Wang, a Beijing native who immigrated to the US in 1990, begins two years before the Olympics and follows the lives of three taxi drivers. Each of them shares their own perspective on Beijing’s transformation, China’s rise, and most importantly, what it all means to them. Is China hosting the Olympics really all the glitz and glory that it was dreamed to be? What price economic growth and development?

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“We Don’t Believe in Anything”

If you want to find out what is really going on—I mean really going on—in China, ask a taxi driver. Since they spend all day conversing with people from all walks of life, getting various takes and perspectives on the issues of the day, few people have a better feel for the mood.