Red China Blues (reissue)

Red China Blues (reissue)

Author: Jan Wong

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 9780385674362

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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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 and 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 begins as Wong's startling -- and ironic -- memoir of her rocky six-year romance with Maoism that began to sour as she became aware of the harsh realities of Chinese communism and led to her eventual repatriation to the West. Returning to China in the late eighties as a journalist, she covered both the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown and the tumultuous era of capitalist reforms under Deng Xiaoping. In a wry, absorbing, and often surreal narrative, she relates the horrors that led to her disillusionment with the "worker's paradise." And through the stories of the people -- an unhappy young woman who was sold into marriage, China's most famous dissident, a doctor who lengthens penises -- Wong creates an extraordinary portrait 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, Wong reacquaints herself with the old friends -- and enemies -- of her radical past, and comes to terms with the legacies of her ancestral homeland.
Red China Blues (reissue)
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Jan Wong
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-04 - Publisher: Anchor Canada

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
Red China Blues
Language: en
Pages: 405
Authors: Jan Wong
Categories: China
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997 - Publisher:

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Museum Representations of Maoist China
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Amy Jane Barnes
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-15 - Publisher: Routledge

The collection, interpretation and display of art from the People’s Republic of China, and particularly the art of the Cultural Revolution, have been problematic for museums. These objects challenge our perception of ’Chineseness’ and their style, content and the means of their production question accepted notions of how we perceive
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Language: en
Pages: 554
Authors: Constantine C. Menges
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-04-17 - Publisher: Thomas Nelson

In a book that is as certain to be as controversial as it is meticulously researched, a former special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior official of the Central Intelligence Agency shows that the U.S. could be headed toward a nuclear face-off with communist China within
Negotiating Identities
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: Helen Grice
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-10-11 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

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