Letters in the Jade Dragon Boxby Gale Sears
Truth. In mainland China from 1949 to 1976, truth is all but eradicated, suppressed and supplanted by the iron will of Mao Tse-tung. Millions of people suffer untold anguish as their history, their culture, and their lives are brought under communist rule. Many flee to Taiwan and Hong Kong. As a child, Chen Wen-shan was taken from her family home in mainland China and sent to live with her great-uncle-a former general in the Nationalist Chinese army who had become one of the first converts to the LDS Church in Hong Kong. For ten years, Wen-shan has carried the sorrow of abandonment in her heart, with few memories of her life before. But at the death of Chairman Mao, fifteen-year-old Wen-shan receives a mysterious wooden box that holds a series of beautiful paintings and secret letters that reveal the fate of the family she has not heard from in more than a decade. As Wen-shan and her great-uncle read the letters in the jade dragon box, they discover an unbreakable bond between each other, their family-both past and present-and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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I thought this was a wonderful book including all the history of China. I highly recommend this book as a great read.
This was a very touching account of a young girl who had questions about her family and about why her uncle was somewhat distant. As her questions are answered she develops a warmer relationship with her uncle. This book gave me pause and time to reflect on her situation. I enjoyed it immensely as did my husband.
a great book about the rein of Mao Tse Tung and the terrible leader he was. This is a true story about a young girl, Wen-shan, who lived with her parents in china until her life was in danger and her mother sent her to live with her great uncle in Hong Kong for her own safety at the age of 4. She doesn’t remember much and she always wonders why her mother sent her away and then she and her uncle are given the “Jade Dragon Box with letters from her mother and pictures that her grandfather painted. As they read these letters Wen-Shan came to understand her mother and in the end of the story she found out that her mother was still living in China and that they could communicate now that Chairman Mao was dead. M. NELSON
Letters in the Jade Dragon Box is set between memories of the Mao Tes-tung years in China and the time following his death. Chen Wen-shan, now 15, can¿t remember anything before she was sent to live with her great uncle in Hong Kong. A mysterious letter is received. A trip to a large home and a gift of a Jade box, with voices from the past, will forever change their lives. The story is well written and easy to visualize. The unique characters bring variety and realism to the story. Based on real life events, you have the opportunity to experience some of the most devastating events in China¿s history and the results of the cruelty. Excellent work of historical fiction.