REVIEW: Geshe Michael Roach and Dr. Eric Wu — China Love You (BOOK)
Sometimes it’s not about policy, as much as it is about personalization and overriding humanization. At least, that is the angle Geshe Michael Roach and Dr. Eric Wu take with respect to the tonality of their new book, titled China Love You: The Death of Global Competition. The relationship they share on a professional and personal set of levels is the heart of the otherwise left-brain, decidedly anti-visceral reading experience — focusing through said sentimentality on pragmatic issues like a postmodernist-influenced economic philosophy. The actual structuring of the book is particularly interesting in this regard.
Rather than serving within the structural context of a traditional, nonfiction literary experience, China Love You has a similar transcriptional breakdown to reads like Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz’s Islam and the Future of Tolerance or Dr. Terrence L. Johnson and Jacques Berlinerbiau’s Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue. Humanistically, it’s very much like those books as well. Unpacking objective and worldly issues with profound implications in a manner that is literally and deliberately conversational as a reading experience, highlighting both authors’ personalities as well as their respective and conjoined philosophies and enthusiasm for an outcome they deem mutually beneficial. “As with any two people who are friends, we have preferred to focus on the positive things we can learn about each other; we feel that this should be the first step of any friendship, between people or countries.
In time, after we become very close friends, we can be more critical and dive into questioning each other’s beliefs and actions — but by the time we do become close friends, we sometimes know so much about each other that this critique is no longer even necessary,” Roach and Wu write at the beginning of the book. “One thing that both of us have always shared is a deep interest in Chinese traditional culture, especially the ancient literature of China. As each of us pursued our separate business lives for years before we met each other, we were independently studying these great books — many of them thousands of years old. Independently, we began to apply the ancient wisdom found in these works to our modern business enterprises and personal lives, with very successful results.”
Roach in particular highlights Wu’s corporate philosophy, never resorting to out-and-out praise but rather enthusiastic highlighting of what objectively makes it sound. “Eric used (specific) principles to build his executive training company, Guang Yao (‘Light on Life’ in English) of Beijing, into one of China’s premier coaching firms, teaching many thousands of people every year. He has also founded cutting-edge medical research centers seeking cures for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease; as well as innovative educational programs for children all around China,” he writes, Wu narratively conjoining with the following. “Michael helped found Andin International, a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Manhattan, which reached US$250 million in annual sales and was purchased by Warren Buffett in 2009.
Michael’s book about how to use the ancient wisdom of Asia for business and personal success — The Diamond Cutter — is an international bestseller now in more than 30 languages of the world,” he states. “…This is not simply a kind or noble approach…(it)…brings greater financial results for those who really understand the details of how it works. In the end, we believe, (our) model will replace the current world model of competition, which can cause…disastrous results (on) (an) international level…(necessitating) the death of global competition.”