Chinese Lessons Five Classmates and the Story of the New China

ISBN-10: 0805086641

ISBN-13: 9780805086645

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Pomfret
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Description: A first-hand account of the remarkable transformation of China over the past forty years as seen through the life of an award-winning journalist and his four Chinese classmates As a twenty-year-old exchange student from Stanford University, John Pomfret spent a year at Nanjing University in China. His fellow classmates were among those who survived the twin tragedies of Mao's rule--the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution--and whose success in government and private industry today are shaping China's future. Pomfret went on to a career in journalism, spending the bulk of his time in China. After attending the twentieth reunion of his class, he decided to reacquaint himself with some of his classmates. "Chinese Lessons" is their story and his own. Beginning with Pomfret's first days in China, "Chinese Lessons" takes us back to the often torturous paths that brought together the Nanjing University History Class of 1982. One classmate's father was killed during the Cultural Revolution for the crime of being an intellectual; another classmate labored in the fields for years rather than agree to a Party-arranged marriage; a third was forced to publicly denounce and humiliate her father. As we watch Pomfret and his classmates begin to make their lives as adults, we see as never before the human cost and triumph of China's transition from near-feudal communism to first-world capitalism.

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List price: $17.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 7/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

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Warmly Welcome You
The Slap
Broken Wing
Father's Lessons
Black Bricks
A Meat Pie from Heaven
Lovers and Comrades
Bitter Love
Party Animal
Outside the Gates
New Street Crossing
A Handful of Bran
Spiritual Pollution
Petrified Marriage
Yin Finds Yang
1989
Crossed Paths
Show Me the Money
To the Barricades
Asylum
Fishy Handshakes
Into the Sea
Fake Foreign Devils
Killing the Chickens
White Like Mother's Milk
Rice Bowl Christians
Yes Man
Homecoming
The Adman
The China Price
Spiritual Civilization
Gods and Animals
Sprinting Toward Little Comforts
Pine on a Cliff
Endure
Crawling Home
The Enthusiasms of High Altitude
Severe and Acute
High Tides
Thugs' Revolution
My Place in the Procession
Conclusion: The Chinese Dream
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index
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