China Wakes Oregon native and Harvard and Oxford law grad Nicholas Kristof and his New York wife and New York Times correspondent Sheryl WuDunn have put out a book that attempts to explain China for the Western world, especially for the Western banking and business world. The title comes from a Western comment on China. Napoleon said, "When China wakes, it will shake the world." China, according to Kristof and WuDunn, is waking, and the world is shaking.
Kristof and WuDunn lived in Beijing, China, for five years and admit that gathering information there was "no picnic." However, they did cull a few items of interest. For instance, they say secret (at least to most of us) Communist Party documents describe the world's greatest known episode of modern cannibalism. The flesh of the dead was eaten by more than a thousand Chinese who supped upon "class enemies" to demonstrate their commitment to Communism. They also say that China is thick with millionaires. Reservations are suggested. Book signing and luncheon 11:30 a.m. Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway. Call the Asia Society for ticket information, 439-0051. $30.