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By Yiyun Li

Magnificent and unique, A Thousand Years of fine Prayers introduces a notable new author whose breathtaking tales are set in China and between chinese language american citizens within the usa. during this wealthy, awesome assortment, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, heritage, and tradition intersect with character to create destiny. From the bustling middle of Beijing, to a fast-food eating place in Chicago, to the barren expanse of internal Mongolia, A Thousand Years of fine Prayers finds worlds either international and popular, with heartbreaking honesty and in appealing prose.

“Immortality,” winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for brand new writers, tells the tale of a tender guy who bears a outstanding resemblance to a dictator and so reveals a calling to immortality. In “The Princess of Nebraska,” a guy and a lady who have been either in love with a tender actor in China meet back in the USA and take a look at to reconcile the misplaced love with their new lives.

“After a Life” illuminates the vagaries of marriage, parenthood, and gender, unfolding the tale of a pair who preserve a daughter hidden from the realm. And in “A Thousand Years of fine Prayers,” within which a guy visits the US for the 1st time to determine his lately divorced daughter, merely to find that each one isn't really because it turns out, Li boldly explores the results of communism on language, religion, and a complete humans, underlining transformation in its many meanings and incarnations.

These and different bold tales shape a captivating tapestry of revelatory fiction through an unforgettable writer.

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6 percent. As the increase in pension costs became apparent, the incentives to encourage retirement were curtailed. Other problems have persisted longer. Basing the pension on the final standard wage has provided an incentive for workers and employers to jack up the final wage in preparation for retirement. The 1978 regulations provided a generous replacement rate relative to the standard wage, which was the largest part of the wage at that time.

Page ix China's current pension system has two severe problems: the urgent and immediate problem of the pension burden of state-owned enterprises, and the longer-term problem arising from the rapid aging of the population. The current system is incapable of tackling either problem. It also fails to contribute to economic development. China today has a golden opportunity to move toward a sustainable, unified pension system that combines a defined benefit basic public pillar with funded individual accounts.

Introducing funded individual accounts A substantial part of retirement income should come from fully funded individual accounts. The advantages of individual accounts for a rapidly aging population are well known. The pay as you go system runs the risk of requiring very high contribution rates by 2030, when economic growth rates in China may be slowing down. This may lead to high rates of evasion by enterprises, a high burden on society, and large intergenerational transfers. Funded individual accounts might avoid these problems and instill a spirit of self-help among workers who would look after their own retirement costs rather than depending on contributions from their children (whether in the context of the family, enterprise, or social transfers).

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