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Red Land Yellow River: A Story from the Cultural Revolution

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When Mao's Cultural Revolution took hold in China in 1966, Ange Zhang was 13 years old. He lived with his family in Beijing, he attended school and excelled in drawing, and his father was a famous writer whose "Yellow River Cantata" was widely considered to be the anthem of the revolution. Yet soon, Ange's life — and his family's — would change forever.

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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 24th 2004 by Groundwood Books
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Stacy Slater
Oct 04, 2009 Stacy Slater rated it really liked it
Ange Zhang’s Red Land Yellow River is subtitled A Story from the Cultural Revolution and is shelved in the fiction collection, but is clearly autobiographical. Zhang uses family photographs and his own artwork to illustrate this spare story of how his family fell from being revered by the Chinese Communist Party to being intellectual outcasts. For Zhang, a schoolboy at the time of Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution, this was particularly hard to comprehend: one day he was allowed to enter school ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Ange Zhang’s father was a famous writer when the Cultural Revolution began in 1966. Ange’s peaceful world in Beijing rapidly fell apart.

This book is a memoir of his coming of age during this confusing period of destruction, humiliation, and suffering.

Ange Zhang found his calling as an artist and the full page illustrations that accompany the text give us a sense of the tumultuousness of this time.

Ange describes how he learned that his father was one of the “bad guys”:

Standing among them was m
Mar 08, 2008 sarafem rated it it was amazing
This is an autobiographical story about growing up in the midst of China's Cultural Revolution. Zhang's family was an integral part of the Communist party in China, and his father was one of China's most famous writers. The family was made a target by the new regime because of the patriarch's artistic gift - all artists were blacklisted. This story is about the author's search for identity during this time as he tried to reconcile his former admiration of Mao Zedong with his new role as an outca ...more
Rebecca Plaza
Memoir of a rarely known time in Chinese recent history, the Cultural revolution.
Helpful epilogue pages explaining Mao and little red book.
maybe 6th gr. reading level.
Jan 03, 2010 tamarack rated it liked it
this historical biography features amazing paintings by the author in a picture book with a more graphic novel feel to it. ange zhang grew in during the communist and cultural revolutions, eventually being relocated to the countryside and separated from all his family. even so, the tone of the book is not desperate or miserable -- it tells the story, but ange focuses more on the parts he remembers were fun, and how he really wanted to be part of all the revolutionary action. the tone of the tale ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Zhang's memoir of the Cultural Revolution is beautifully told but even more stunningly illustrated - he is not only able to perfectly capture a sense of his own childhood and the fervour of the political moment but reveals his insecurities, his fears and confusions as well - a lovely story of the artist's journey!

Jan/15 - I love how Zhang tells this poignant story of how the politics of Mao's Cultural Revolution totally ripped apart his family without histrionics the part he played in the events
Matthew Weymar
Sep 30, 2009 Matthew Weymar rated it really liked it
Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by son of a writer who was a teenager at the time. Excellent introduction to a tumultuous time for a younger audience. Definitely not for everyone though. The story includes some (but not a lot of) violence, as well as some moral quandaries that are beyond the pay grade of most younger children. If your child gravitates to this sort of story, however, I do highly recommend this one.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Memoir of a man who was sent from the city to the country to be "re-educated" during China's Cultural Revolution.
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