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Red China blues : my long march from Mao to now

Author: Jan Wong
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday/Anchor Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Doubleday/Anchor books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wong, Jan.
Red China blues.
Toronto : Doubleday/Anchor Books, 1996
(OCoLC)605301965
Named Person: Jan Wong; Jan Wong; Jan Wong
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Wong
ISBN: 0385254903 9780385254908 0385476795 9780385476799 086824628X 9780868246284 0385256396 9780385256391 0385482329 9780385482325
OCLC Number: 34601210
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 405 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. I. Fool's paradise. 1. Montreal Maoist. 2. Revolutionary tourist. 3. Welcome you! 4. Pyongyang panty thief. 5. Rationing friends. 6. Snitching --
pt. II. Trouble in paradise. 7. Big joy farm. 8. Chairman Mao's geishas. 9. Matchmaker. 10. Peasant under glass. 11. True lies --
pt. III. Paradise lost. 12. Dancing with dissidents. 13. People power. 14. "Safegaurd your lives" --
15. End of the snitch dynasty. 16. Professor Ding's list. 17. China's gulag. 18. Chasing the dragon --
pt. IV. Paradise regained? 19. Workers of the world united. 20. Ferrari Li. 21. Middle-class kingdom.
Responsibility: Jan Wong.
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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."--Jacket.

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