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Under red skies : three generations of life, loss, and hope in China

Author: Karoline Kan
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"An examination of the generational bonds and divisions of the Kan family and the panoramic effects of China's changing societal norms and fast-growing economy, where some succeed and others are destined to fail."--
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Karoline Kan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karoline Kan
ISBN: 9780316412049 031641204X 9781549199837 1549199838 9780316412032 0316412031
OCLC Number: 1049824271
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 304 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I: First and second generations. The second born ; A daughter's promise ; A home of our own ; We, the migrants in town ; The young patriot ; The gods vs. the ghosts ; A girl with big feet --
Part II: Third generation. Chunting gets a boyfriend ; Red silk shoes and a white dress ; Children of Tiananmen ; A cocktail bar in Beijing ; A train of dreams ; Foreign territory ; "A leftover woman" ; Ten hours for eighty yuan ; Forever red ; A people without roots ; Coming home.
Responsibility: Karoline Kan.

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"An examination of the generational bonds and divisions of the Kan family and the panoramic effects of China's changing societal norms and fast-growing economy, where some succeed and others are destined to fail."--

"A deeply personal and shocking look at how China is coming to terms with its conflicted past as it emerges into a modern, cutting-edge superpower. Through the stories of three generations of women in her family, Karoline Kan, a former New York Times reporter based in Beijing, reveals how they navigated their way in a country beset by poverty and often-violent political unrest. As the Kans move from quiet villages to crowded towns and through the urban streets of Beijing in search of a better way of life, they are forced to confront the past and break the chains of tradition, especially those forced on women. Raw and revealing, Karoline Kan offers gripping tales of her grandmother, who struggled to make a way for her family during the Great Famine; of her great-uncle, a former Communist Red Guard; of her mother, who defied the One-Child Policy by giving birth to Karoline; of her cousin, a factory worker scraping by on 6 yuan (88 cents) per hour; and of herself, an ambitious millennial striving to find a job--and true love--during a time rife with bewildering social change. Under Red Skies is an engaging eyewitness account and Karoline's quest to understand the rapidly evolving, shifting sands of China. It is the first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial to be published in America, and a fascinating portrait of an otherwise-hidden world, written from the perspective of those who live there."--Dust jacket.

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