Tom Lavoie writes: Washburn’s extensive research and his breezy, reporter’s style make this insightful book both educational and delightful. Read the entire review at Shelf Awareness.
Despite Beijing’s golf course moratorium, some big developers have continued to show a remarkable ability to manage and massage guanxi with local government officials. Without the right connections, it would never have been possible to operate on the grand scale needed to build a golf resort. And managing and massaging guanxi was often a very […]
Listen to BBC’s Paul Henley talk to Dan Washburn below. This interview originally ran on June 21, 2014, as part of BBC World Service’s Weekend show.
Listen to Clark Boyd’s interview with Dan Washburn below: Read the full report at PRI.org.
Read the story at WNYC.
Read the writeup on Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
The $40 million Chinese golf course (that’s now underwater) It’s been 10 years since the Chinese government made building new golf courses illegal. And, over the course of those 10 years, no country has built more golf courses than China. The reason local officials are willing to skirt Beijing’s ban is simple: money. When land-hungry […]
In 1995, Zhou Xunshu dropped out of security guard school in the province of Guizhou and made his way south to Guangdong, China’s manufacturing heartland. With almost no money in his pocket, he was following the well-worn tracks of millions of young migrant workers hoping to escape rural poverty. He got a job working as […]
I’ve got a column in the July 7, 2014, issue of Golf World magazine. It’s called “China’s Quandary: Big Country Has a Small, Complicated Interest in the Game,” and unfortunately it’s not available online. You can, however, buy a digital edition on Google Play’s Newsstand for 99 cents.
Jonathan Mirsky writes: There are two books here. One is about the intricacies and arcana of golf — irons, niblicks, drivers, pars, cuts, and so on. If you are a golf maven, go for it. But the other book is on a wholly different matter: the details and extent of local and high-level Chinese corruption […]