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Chinese lessons : five classmates and the story of the new China

Author: John Pomfret
Publisher: Carlton North, Vic. : Scribe Publications, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As one of the first American students admitted to China after the communist revolution, John Pomfret was exposed to a country still emerging from the twin tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Crammed into a dorm room with seven Chinese men, Pomfret contended with all manner of cultural differences, from too-short beds and roommates intent on glimpsing a white man naked, to the need for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
Named Person: John Pomfret; John Pomfret
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Pomfret
ISBN: 9781921215759 1921215755
OCLC Number: 174290596
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Warmly welcome you --
The slap --
Broken wing --
Father's lessons --
Black bricks --
A meat pie from heaven --
Bitter love --
Party animal --
Outside the gates --
New street crossing --
A handful of bran --
Spiritual pollution --
Petrified marriage --
Yin finds Yang --
Crossed paths --
Show me the money --
To the barricades --
Asylum --
Fishy handshakes --
Fake foreign devils --
Killing the chickens --
White like mother's milk --
Rice bowl Christians --
Yes man --
Homecoming --
The adman --
The China price --
Spiritual civilization --
Gods and animals --
Pine on a cliff --
Endure --
Crawling home --
The enthusiasms of high altitude --
Severe and acute --
High tides --
Thug's revolution --
My place in the procession --
Concluion: the Chinese dream.
Responsibility: John Pomfret.

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As one of the first American students admitted to China after the communist revolution, John Pomfret was exposed to a country still emerging from the twin tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Crammed into a dorm room with seven Chinese men, Pomfret contended with all manner of cultural differences, from too-short beds and roommates intent on glimpsing a white man naked, to the need for cloak-and-dagger efforts to conceal his relationships with Chinese women. Amidst all this, he immersed himself in the remarkable lives of his classmates.

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