Journey Of A Thousand Miles
This is a story of his growing up - one of the Chinese generation where only one child was allowed each family, and therefore that child was doted on by all, and the competition to have that one succeed was immense.
Throughout his story, he gave the reader a glimpse of how it was to live in a country with great ranges of wealth and relative freedoms, eventually finding t ...more
This book captivated me from the first chapter -- the story of Lang's family and the pressure on this young pianist saddened me. His dad's whole life was spent in making sure his son practiced enough to be "Number One" in the world. I started to understand Chinese culture (and the Beijing Olympics) better by reading this. In their culture, it isn't enough to be good; you have to be better than everyone else or it doesn't mea ...more
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Gives some insight into fairly modern China, and living with the parents of talented children. There are probably other talented children in many areas, but without someone to push them to the ...more
Growing up in Shenyang, Lang Lang’s piano inspirations at a young age were Tom and Jerry. He saw “The Music Kingdom” but was in love with Tom and Jerry’s “Cat Concerto”. “But even more than “The Music Kingdom” an episode of the cartoon Tom a ...more
Once Lang Lang and his father come to America to study, compete, and perform, the contrast in the cultural approaches ...more
His rich imagination is definitly the key to lessen the pain and turn hours and hours of boring practice into somthing fun. "If I have to do it, I might make it fun", that's his attitude. And it worked wonder.
I don't quite agree with his dad's mental brutality. And yet without such tremendous pressure, Lang Lang may never fulfill his ture p ...more
Number One was a phrase my father -- and, for that matter, my mother --repeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents friends and by their friends children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as Number One. There was the Number One leader of a manufactu...more