Wang Ning. Translated Modernities: Literary and Cultural Perspectives on Globalization and China. New York: Legas, 2010.$29.95 Cdn. Modernity is deeply ingrained in the modern Chinese consciousness and the continuing search for modernity has also given an unusual impetus for reconstructing its culture through translation. While there is no doubt that globalization features prominently in the rapid rise of China, the world is largely unable to make sense of this somewhat unexpected pace of change. China is still a great mystery to the outside world and often misunderstood and misinterpreted. This is not entirely surprising, for China is a country full of perplexing contradictions, characterized by a long history of civilization and driven by a renewed awareness of modernity and modernization. The current state of its political and cultural discourse reflects the anxiety globalization has implanted in Chinese intellectuals, who have made various attempts"not very successfullyn"to theorize about the traditions and cultural practices in the country and their impact on the wider cultural and social value.