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Red China Blues My Long March from Mao to Now (Paperback)

Author:  Jan Wong
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385482329
ISBN-13: 9780385482325
Sku: 30055549
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  416
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A Canadian of Chinese descent recounts her sojourn in Communist China beginning in 1972, during which her strong faith in Maoist ideology gave way to sympathy with the dissident movement that began under Deng Xiaoping. Reprint. *Author: Wong, Jan *Subtitle: My Long March from Mao to Now *Publication Date: 1997/06/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
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Jan Wong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. A true believer--and one of only two Westerners permitted to enroll at Beijing University--her education included wielding a pneumatic drill at the Number One Machine Tool Factory. In the name of the Revolution, she renounced rock & roll, hauled pig manure in the paddy fields, and turned in a fellow student who sought her help in getting to the United States. She also met and married the only American draft dodger from the Vietnam War to seek asylum in China.Red China Blues is Wongs startling--and ironic--memoir of her rocky six-year romance with Maoism (which crumbled as she became aware of the harsh realities of Chinese communism); her dramatic firsthand account of the devastating Tiananmen Square uprising; and her engaging portrait of the individuals and events she covered as a correspondent in China during the tumultuous era of capitalist reform under Deng Xiaoping. In a frank, captivating, deeply personal narrative she relates the horrors that led to her disillusionment with the "workers paradise." And through the stories of the people--an unhappy young woman who was sold into marriage, Chinas most famous dissident, a doctor who lengthens penises--Wong reveals long-hidden dimensions of the world's most populous nation.In setting out to show readers in the Western world what life is like in China, and why we should care, she reacquaints herself with the old friends--and enemies of her radical past, and comes to terms with the legacy of her ancestral homeland.
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An ethnically Chinese but thoroughly Western woman's memoir of her ill-fated romance with Maoism--and her vivid, marvelously written insider's view of the upheavals and reforms in recent China.

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Asiaweek
"Wong's sharp observations vividly capture the arc of China's recent history." 06/28/1996

Washington Post
"A splendid memoir: funny, self-mocking, biting, and perceptive."

Boston Globe
"Ironic, personal, and humorous as [Wong's] accounts are, they are also compassionate and perceptive, eyewitness reporting at its best."

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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