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Posted June 7, 2002
A good memoir which could be better
Jan Wong's Red China Blues is a first-person account of Communist China, from Wong's days as a student at Beijing University to those as a reporter covering Tiananmen Square. Wong does a very good job of vividly recounting the horrific events of June 4, 1989, as captured from her hotel room above the square. In other portions of the book, Wong mixes equal parts history and hindsight to show the state of affairs of China in the early Seventies, such as her first arrival in China, when a potential date is inexplicably forbidden from seeing her by her tour guide, or her days at the University when she was completely unaware that her roommate had been selected to spy on her. Some parts of the book are very well-written, but others tend to be less interesting and less clear. The book is also fairly long, and covers such a wide base of events that it may be better to read it in several parts. All in all, a good book, but too long and too involved to make it an excellent one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.