Not Enough Nail Polish

Production for the audiobook of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto continues. Listen below to a short clip from Chapter One of the book, “Not Enough Nail Polish,” which  describes life in the post-Mao era of China’s economic reform and opening up to the world.

To support the GoFundMe campaign for this audiobook project, please make a contribution HERE.


Another Look at a Legal Immigrant’s Story

FOX & Friends, March 29, 2012

Ying Ma spoke to FOX & Friends about her journey to America’s inner-city as a legal immigrant and the importance of choosing liberty over the welfare state. This interview is re-posted here due to the widespread interest that Americans currently have in immigration reform.

Please view the three-minute interview HERE.

The Welfare State Makes Us Less Free

Young America’s Foundation, August 3, 2012

Ying Ma spoke about the free market, China’s political and economic development, and how government entitlement programs in the United States create dependency and make Americans less free. This speech was part of the Young America’s Foundation’s 34th National Conservative Student Conference.

View the speech here, on C-SPAN or on the video player below.

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China’s Bully Tactics

Defining Ideas, May 10, 2012

-Article by Ying Ma

Modern China is a place of incongruity. Gruesome political repression occurs alongside glitzy economic transformation. Massive corruption permeates the explosive growth in national wealth. Unprecedented environmental degradation coexists with the glamour and magic of ultra-modern metropolises.

This incongruity touches every aspect of daily life, and it is evident in the now widely reported case of the blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, who has been persecuted for his advocacy on behalf of women subjected to forced abortions and forced sterilization. China’s incongruity is also apparent in that space between political dissent and silent submission, between open opposition to the regime and fearful acceptance of its edicts. Once, not too long ago, another Chinese dissident, one of China’s best contemporary writers, wrote about the anger, sadness, resignation, and desperation of this incongruity. Earlier this year, China chased him away.

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Ying Ma Talks about China and Freedom at Reagan Ranch Center

Reagan Ranch Center, April 13, 2012

Ying Ma spoke to the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute‘s 2012 Western Women’s Summit about China, economic freedom and her book, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto. The summit took place at the Reagan Ranch Center. To watch the speech, please click here or use the video player below.

Ying Ma has previously spoken at the Reagan Ranch Center about the dark side of Chinese state capitalism. For more information and to watch that speech, please click here.

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Ying Ma Gives Book Talk about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto

Carmichael Presbyterian Church, February 25, 2012

Ying Ma delivered her latest book talk about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto at Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, California. The event took place last Saturday and was the first in the church’s lecture series on “Connecting with Our World.”

To view the lecture, please click here or use the player below.

Authoritarian Chic

The Weekly Standard, February 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 22

–Article by Ying Ma

“We have no plan” and “we are unable to act” have become common refrains among influential Americans who grumble about the decline of U.S. power in the 21st century. On both fronts, they lament, China is doing better. From President Barack Obama to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to trade union leader Andy Stern, prominent figures who favor a bigger government in America not only envy China’s state-directed grand plans and its one-party system’s ability to make quick decisions, they also accuse small-government adherents of blindly worshipping the free market, contributing to political polarization, and rejecting the reforms necessary to meet the grave challenges that America faces.

But many U.S. observers in the grip of Chinese authoritarian chic forget that China’s vast economic expansion resulted from the introduction of more economic freedom, not less. They also fail to understand that even after decades of reform, endemic state intervention continues to impose massive inefficiencies on the Chinese economy and prevent the realization of the market’s full potential. In short, China’s experience, both past and present, does not provide support for those who clamor for a more expansive government in the United States.

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