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Betwixt and Between : a Memoir of Modern China

Author: Margaret Sun
Publisher: Hong Kong : Earnshaw Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English
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This is a unique memoir of modern China, a story of courage, of despair and of hope. Margaret Sun was born in Shanghai in 1935 into a poor Cantonese family but English was her main language almost from birth. In 1956, she volunteered to go to work in China's far northwest region of Xinjiang, and she witnessed China's changes from the communist takeover in 1949 at the most basic levels of society, all the way through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sun, Margaret.
Betwixt and Between : A Memoir of Modern China.
Chicago : Earnshaw Books, ©2019
Named Person: Margaret Sun
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Sun
ISBN: 9888552384 9789888552382
OCLC Number: 1097974792
Description: 1 online resource (210 pages)
Contents: Intro; Copyright; Note; Preface; 1 The Shanghai Years Prior To The Liberation of 1949; 2 The Shanghai Years After Liberation 1949-1956; 3 Voluntary Exile 1956-1960; 4 Unsuccessful Attempt To End Voluntary Exile 1959-1960; 5 Back To The Boondocks 1960-1962; 6 The Burqin Years 1962-1965; 7 A Short Visit Home 1965; 8 The Altai Years 1966-1978; 9 The Years Since 1978; Postscript; About The Author
Responsibility: Margaret Sun.

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This is a unique memoir of modern China, a story of courage, of despair and of hope. Margaret Sun was born in Shanghai in 1935 into a poor Cantonese family but English was her main language almost from birth. In 1956, she volunteered to go to work in China's far northwest region of Xinjiang, and she witnessed China's changes from the communist takeover in 1949 at the most basic levels of society, all the way through to today, with English running through her head. Margaret tells of how she sold cigarettes on the streets of Old Shanghai, of the bitter life in the most isolated parts of China in the late 1950s, of the Cultural Revolution and other campaigns, and then the shift towards normalcy at the end of the 1970s. Her story is inspiring and eye-opening, an evocative and highly-readable account of how the huge events in China's modern history impacted on ordinary people.

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