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Bright swallow : making choices in Mao's China : a memoir

Author: Vivian Bi
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria : Hybrid Publishers, 2019. ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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Bright Swallow, a young girl labelled as of 'bad origins' in Mao's Cultural Revolution, becomes motherless at fifteen in 1972. Determined to live a full life like her mother had known, she seizes every chance, creates choices where there appear to be none and finally has the world open up to her. The memoir distinguishes itself from other accounts of this period in being a story of hope. It celebrates resilience,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Vivian Bi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vivian Bi
ISBN: 9781925736106 1925736105
OCLC Number: 1092000672
Description: 199 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
Contents: A mother's challenge --
Grief and defiance --
The will to survive --
Winning respect --
Food and dignity --
Stories, music and imagination --
Lonely traveller --
The world opens up to me --
The daunting "vast field" --
The village of guests --
A happy outsider --
The exam --
The verdict.
Responsibility: Vivian Bi.

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Bright Swallow, a young girl labelled as of 'bad origins' in Mao's Cultural Revolution, becomes motherless at fifteen in 1972. Determined to live a full life like her mother had known, she seizes every chance, creates choices where there appear to be none and finally has the world open up to her. The memoir distinguishes itself from other accounts of this period in being a story of hope. It celebrates resilience, the power of literature, music and the imagination; and pays tribute to the people who retained the fundamental decency that can easily disappear in adverse circumstances. Mao's China is now history, but similar dark regimes and mad ideologies still exist. There is much suffering from discrimination, humiliation and injustice at this moment. This is why this memoir has been written.

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