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Swimming to Freedom: My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution

Swimming to Freedom: My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution

by Kent Wong
Swimming to Freedom: My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution

Swimming to Freedom: My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution

by Kent Wong

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Overview

When Kent Wong was a young boy, his father, a patriotic Chinese official in the customs office in Hong Kong, joined an insurrection at work and returned with the family to the newly established People’s Republic of China. Hailed as heroes, they settled in the southern city of Canton. But Mao’s China was dangerous and unstable, with landlords executed en-masse and millions dying of starvation during the Great Leap Forward.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647001865
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/27/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 284,240
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Kent Wong was born in China. In 1974 he escaped the Cultural Revolution over water to Hong Kong, and shortly after moved to the United States as a refugee. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, his MD at Harvard Medical School, and after a residency at Stanford, he practiced as an anesthesiologist. He is now retired and lives near Seattle.

Table of Contents

Prologue: "It's Your Time to Fly Away" 1

1 Hong Kong Is Not China, and We Are Chinese 9

2 Chasing Sparrows 33

3 Hunger 55

4 Red Versus Black 79

5 The Big Link-up 99

6 "No Noble Men" 125

7 Rooftop Underground 147

8 The Calm Before the Storm 169

9 A Call from Heaven 189

10 The Endless Sea 213

11 Life and Death in Heaven's Hands 229

12 Life Is a Stream of Water 255

13 "Hey, Hong Kong! I'm Back!" 273

Epilogue: So Much Has Changed, Yet Much Remains the Same 285

Acknowledgments 305

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