A key takeaway from my book is that religion and the search for values are moving back to the center of a national discussion in China. We tend to view China in stereotypical forms like as the “factory of the world” or perhaps through its political dissidents and the fight for freedom of speech. However, I think what really moves a person is this search for values. In this sense, China is part of a global conversation that we’re having about what our societies are made up of. Over the past 30 or 40 years, economic development has been viewed as a priority but I think we see that in many countries around the world, this is not enough.
–Voices on China – Ian Johnson: Pulitzer-Prize Winning Writer on China Young China Watchers