One in a Billion: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey through Modern-Day China

One in a Billion: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey through Modern-Day China

by Nancy Pine


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This heart-wrenching story immerses readers in the dramatic survival of one outspoken man who illuminates the souls of a billion ordinary Chinese citizens. An Wei—a stubborn, hardworking peasant who has lived by his values and stood up for his convictions—has succeeded against all odds in the authoritarian environment of China. Despite grinding poverty, hunger, reeducation campaigns, and attacks from jealous peers, An Wei continues to inspire with his daring achievements, such as launching a democratic congress in his own village. His compelling life provides a vivid backdrop for understanding the development of modern China from the unique perspective of an outspoken citizen. Through his audacious determination and survival skills forged in rural poverty, An Wei’s unstoppable drive to improve himself and rural China will captivate and enthrall readers. Her website can be found at

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ISBN-13: 9781538143407
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/09/2020
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Nancy Pine holds a PhD in education and has travelled and studied in rural China for decades. She is one of the leading American experts on Chinese early childhood education. She founded the Bridging Cultures US/China Program and has advised the administration and faculty on China at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
1 Beginnings
2 A System Unraveling
3 Moving On
4 Into the Maelstrom
5 Clinging to Shattered Dreams
6 Unshackled
7 Building a Future
8 American Connections
9 Setting the Record Straight
10 Gathering Storm Clouds
11 Working in Limbo
12 Stately Maples
13 Against Rural Habits
14 Democracy and a New School in An Shang
15 Pigsties, a Website, and Dedicated Desks
16 Let’s Teach Them Together
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