Caught in a Tornado: A Chinese American Woman Survives the Cultural Revolution by James R. Ross, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Caught in a Tornado: A Chinese American Woman Survives the Cultural Revolution

Caught in a Tornado: A Chinese American Woman Survives the Cultural Revolution

by James R. Ross
     
 

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Library Journal
The ``tornado'' that caught Wen Zengde was China's Cultural Revolution. Following her arrest by Mao's Red Guards in 1966, Wen, a San Francisco-born Chinese American language teacher, was the victim of a harrowing decade of deprivation, imprisonment, brutal interrogations, and forced labor. She courageously refused her captors' demands for a confession to espionage charges and, against the odds, survived. In 1982, during the relatively relaxed period after Mao's death, she was able to return to the United States, and it was there that journalism professor Ross met and interviewed her. Ross had spent summers teaching in China and had a good grasp of the forces that shaped that country during the grim years in which intellectuals were persecuted by marauding Red Guards. The sweep of Wen's memory adds interest to this book, which, remarkably, begins with her childhood recollections of meeting Sun Yat-sen in California in 1910. Photographs and easy, graceful writing add to the book's appeal for general readers.-John H. Boyle, California State Univ., Chico
Booknews
An account of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966- 1976) as experienced by Wen Zengde, a Chinese American woman born in San Francisco in 1900. Through interviews with Wen and others from the Shanghai Foreign Languages Institute, Ross (journalism, Northeastern U.) integrates biography and history to provide a compelling picture of the ordeals Wen and other victims survived. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555531928
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.80(d)

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