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Title:
Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now
Author: Wong, Jan
Section: Biography
Owner: ssouth (Rating: 1)
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"Red China Blues is an absorbing and fascinating book that details Jan Wong's life from her brash and idealistic youth to her final realization that the government does not work for the good of the people. Jan's take on the events in China from the end of the Cultural Revolution to the early 90's is a unique expression of not only the facts, but also her reaction to the events. Her unique situation as the second Westerner to attend Beijing University, and later as a Western journalist who not only speaks Chinese, but also sounds Chinese, looks Chinese, and acts Chinese gives her an interesting point of view. Her willing experiences with Maoist 'thought reform' and propaganda give her a view of China that no other Westerners can to duplicate.Wong's 'Long March' parallels the evolution of Chinese Communism. As time goes on and Mao and his successors twist and dilute Mao's ideology, so is Jan's belief in Chinese Communism broken and mangled. As she comes to realize the true extent of the corruption and violation of human rights, her diehard faith in Maoism is at first shaken, and then finally destroyed.The most memorable part of the book for me was the gripping and horrifying blow-by-blow description of the Massacre at Tiananmen Square. The style is subtly different, more emotionally charged than any other section of the book; her normally light humor takes a darker turn and the words seem to rush into one another. From her vantage point on a hotel balcony facing the Square, she could see, hear, and feel everything. Not only does she make the reader feel that they are there, she also puts us into her mind, we feel her panic, her revulsion, and her sickness when the last of her illusions about China come crashing down about her.I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about China and its more recent history."

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