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ISBN: 9780385482325
Per Boek Wijzer Taal: engels

Auteur: Jan Wong

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 Wong's 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 "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 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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  • library_books Kenmerken
    NUR 000
    Aantal pagina's 405 pagina's
    Afmetingen 21,6 x 14,6 x 3,2 cm
    Auteur Jan Wong
    Bindwijze Paperback
    Category Boeken
    Category Politiek
    Category Geschiedenis
    Category Literatuur & Romans
    Category Literaire non-fictie
    Category Geschiedenis & Maatschappij
    Druk 1e druk
    Editie Anchor Books ed.
    Extra groot lettertype Nee
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Literatuur & Romans><Literaire non-fictie>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Geschiedenis & Maatschappij><Geschiedenis>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Geschiedenis & Maatschappij><Politiek>
    Illustraties Met illustraties
    Subtitel My Long March from Mao to Now: My Long March from Mao to Now
    Taal Engels
    Uitgever Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Verschijningsdatum april 2003
  • label Onderwerpen