Chinese Publisher’s Obama Instincts Proved Right
Young publisher Han Manchun was so taken by US president-elect Barack Obama’s ideas that he decided to have one of his books translated — and created an unexpected hit in China.
Han, 27, fell under Obama’s spell after reading “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” written in 2006 by the then Illinois senator.
When Han devoured the book at the beginning of 2008, Obama was still a candidate in the Democratic Party’s primaries, and many expected he would lose to a determined Hillary Clinton.
But the inspired graduate of Tsinghua University’s law faculty, in Beijing, was so impressed by what he read that he was certain Obama would win, and that this presented an opportunity in China.