The Chinese paradox of social individualism
The Editors refer to the “new vision of China’s social construction”. The illusion of creating happiness by an inclusive social welfare is juxtaposed to the failures of the European welfare. Individual entrepreneurial spirit is new to the Chinese society who is still determined by the collectivist ideals enshrined in its constitutional values and determining the regime’s discourse. Combining the particular with the universal the editors insist in promoting the individual effort which benefit the common good leaving upon the hands of China’s citizen the duty of a compromise between the individual and the social interest so hard to find globally that their statement that “Chinese society's emphasis on collectivism has never really contradicted individual's role” is not very convincing in a retrospective of the recent Chinese past.