Mr. Chinas Son, 2/E / Edition 2

Mr. Chinas Son, 2/E / Edition 2

by Liyi He, Claire Anne Chik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813339790

ISBN-13: 9780813339795

Pub. Date: 07/10/2002

Publisher: Westview Press


He Liyi belongs to one of China's minorities, the Bai, and he lives in a remote area of northwestern Yunnan Province. In 1979, his wife sold her fattest pig to buy him a shortwave radio. He spent every spare moment listening to the BBC and VOA in order to improve the English he had learned at college between 1950 and 1953. For "further practice," he decided to…  See more details below

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He Liyi belongs to one of China's minorities, the Bai, and he lives in a remote area of northwestern Yunnan Province. In 1979, his wife sold her fattest pig to buy him a shortwave radio. He spent every spare moment listening to the BBC and VOA in order to improve the English he had learned at college between 1950 and 1953. For "further practice," he decided to write down his life story in English. Humorous and unfiltered by translation, his autobiography is direct and personal, full of richly descriptive images and phrases from his native Bai language.At the time of He Liyi's graduation, English was being vilified as the language of the imperialists, so the job he was assigned had nothing to do with his education. In 1958, he was labeled a rightist and sent to a "reeducation-through-labor farm." Spirited away by truck on the eve of his marriage, Mr. He spent years in the labor camp, where he schemed to garner favor from the authorities, who nevertheless shamed him publicly and told him that all his problems "belong to contradictions between the people and the enemy." After his release in 1962, the talented Mr. He had no choice but to return to his native village as a peasant. His stratagems for survival, which included stealing "nightsoil" from public toilets and extracting peach-pit oil from thousands of peaches, personify the peasant's universal struggle to endure those difficult years.He Liyi's autobiography recounts nearly all the major events of China's recent history, including the Japanese occupation, the Communist victory over the Nationalists in 1949, Mao's disastrous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, the experience of labor camps, changes brought about by China's dramatic re-opening to the world after Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978, and the recent social and economic changes occurring in the post-Deng China. No other book so poignantly reveals the travails of the common person and village life under china's tempestuous Communist government, which He Liyi ironically refers to as "Mr. China." Yet he describes his saga of poverty and hardship with humor and a surprising lack of bitterness. And rarely has there been such an intimate, frank view of how a Chinese man thinks and feels about personal relationships, revealed in dialogue and letters to his two wives.He Liyi's autobiography stands as perhaps the most readable and authentic account available in English of life in rural China.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813339795
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/10/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Part 1
1.An Anti-Party Rightist Cap for Me3
2.A "General Buffalo" Among the Rightist14
3.I Wave Goodbye to My Homeland26
4.An Execution and an Eyeless Village Girl44
5.The Political Typhoon Continues69
6.A Big Meeting for Taking Off Rightist Caps80
Part 2
7.A Broken Mirror Goes Unrepaired93
8.Unconquerable Problems Lead to Marriage105
9.A Joyful Torch Festival117
10.I Become a Nation's Worker129
11.A Two-Member Family Meeting142
12.Stealing Other People's Shit154
13.Two Misfortunes and a "Public Parade"166
14.An Unforgettable Host183
15.I Lay Down My Hoe200
Part 3
16.And I Take Up My Chalk211
17.A Ninth Dish of Eggs224
18.Our Firecrackers Announce Big News237
19.Mrs. He Goes to Kunming248
Part 4
20.To Sweep Chicken's Droppings267
21.A Meeting of Two Brothers and Four Sisters276
22.Jumping into the Sea294
About the Book305
Index307

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