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The White Haired Girl: Bittersweet Adventures Of A Little Red Soldier

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A spellbinding tribute to the human spirit, this exquisitely written memoir recounts the story of a girl coming of age during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Jaia Sun-Childers tells of her experiences, from a forced labor camp to a stint as one of Chairman Mao's revolutionary warriors to her eventual flight to the U.S.
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Published June 1st 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 1997)
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Frank
May 03, 2014 Frank rated it liked it
This is an autobiography of a woman who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. It is the best of the three books I've read which covered this subject and/or period.

Jaia was the daughter of middle-class intellectuals, a prime target for the Red Guard, who were tasked with carrying out the Cultural Revolution when Jaia was five years old. She is an astute observer and describes how people acted and why, including her own actions. Her family had their share of non-political problems as d
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Crysta
I've read a lot of Chinese history, but Jaia's perspective is unique: she grew up during the Cultural Revolution, witnessing first-hand the re-categorization of people and ideas. As she grew up, she started to piece together what had happened and what it actually meant. I think there could have been a really interesting ending chapter to contrast her concept of America with reality - but I appreciated how the story was told.
Erin
Dec 06, 2007 Erin marked it as to-read
Russ's brother and his wife wrote this book,so it's a must read for me...eventually. And it's a true story.
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