Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China
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Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China

by John Pomfret
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805076158

ISBN-13: 9780805076158

Pub. Date: 08/08/2006

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

As a twenty-two-year-old exchange student at Nanjing University in 1981, John Pomfret was one of the first American students to be admitted to China after the communist revolution. Twenty years later, he returned and immersed himself again in the remarkable life stories of his former classmates. In Chinese Lessons, he tells of Old Wu, whose father was killed during

Overview

As a twenty-two-year-old exchange student at Nanjing University in 1981, John Pomfret was one of the first American students to be admitted to China after the communist revolution. Twenty years later, he returned and immersed himself again in the remarkable life stories of his former classmates. In Chinese Lessons, he tells of Old Wu, whose father was killed during the Cultural Revolution for the crime of being an intellectual; Book Idiot Zhou, who labored in the fields for years rather than agree to a Party-arranged marriage; and Little Guan, who was forced to publicly denounce her father. The result is an illuminating report on China's transition from near-feudal communism to First World capitalism and a moving portrait of its extraordinary people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076158
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/08/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


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Warmly Welcome You     3
The Slap     17
Broken Wing     26
Father's Lessons     35
Black Bricks     42
A Meat Pie from Heaven     51
Lovers and Comrades
Bitter Love     63
Party Animal     73
Outside the Gates     79
New Street Crossing     96
A Handful of Bran     102
Spiritual Pollution     112
Petrified Marriage     116
Yin Finds Yang     124
1989
Crossed Paths     137
Show Me the Money     144
To the Barricades     149
Asylum     165
Fishy Handshakes     169
Into the Sea
Fake Foreign Devils     177
Killing the Chickens     182
White Like Mother's Milk     186
Rice Bowl Christians     194
Yes Man     201
Homecoming     209
The Adman     215
The China Price     221
Spiritual Civilization     228
Gods and Animals     234
Sprinting Toward Little Comforts
Pine on a Cliff     243
Endure     251
Crawling Home     261
The Enthusiasms of High Altitude     270
Severe and Acute     277
High Tides     282
Thugs' Revolution     287
My Place in the Procession     292
Conclusion: The Chinese Dream     296
Acknowledgments     302
Credits     303
Index     304

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