What will China look like in the twenty-first century? Powerful forces are at work and its seeming stability has been largely lost after Tiananmen Square. Changing political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural conditions are transforming China and its neighbors with a majority Chinese population. The authors in this book, taking full advantage of the new freedom of inquiry, shed light on the Chinese experience, elaborating not only on the vast changes sweeping all sectors of Chinese society, but also on the tradition that has persisted. The authors confine themselves to enduring questions about today’s Sinic societies so that educated readers and scholars of modern China will better understand the more populous half of the world.