Red China Blues

Red China Blues

My Long March From Mao to Now

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A spirited memoir of a Chinese-Canadian's six-year romance with Maoism follows her education at Beijing University, describing how she turned in a fellow student who sought to defect and her marriage to the only American draft-dodger to seek asylum in China. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

The author's memoir of her six-year romance with Maoism follows her education at Beijing University, her marriage to an American draft-dodger, and disillusionment in the face of Chinese communist rule

Publisher: New York : Doubleday/Anchor Books, c1996
ISBN: 9780385476799
0385476795
Branch Call Number: 951.05 WON
Characteristics: x, 405 p. : ill., portraits ; 22 cm

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maxmillan
Dec 15, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this book as it opened my eyes to what really happened in China during the tale end of the Communist Revolution. For example, a sit-in at Tiananmen Square where students were fasting to protest the government were not exactly fasting but their efforts are, nevertheless, brave. The true opinions of people too afraid to comment publicly.

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Yaba
Feb 27, 2012

A taste of modern Chinese history and culture.

Jan Wong is incredibly interesting, brave, naive, kind, cruel, and brilliant. An honestly written piece of literature.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Nov 01, 2010

A very interesting insight on Communist China from early 70's to the Tiananmen Square protests. The author recalls her experiences in a way the average Canadian can relate. She tells it as it happened, even when her actions may be embarrassing, foolish or immature in hindsight.

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ralphdyer
Sep 13, 2010

read early 2010

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