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Red China Blues by Jan Wong
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Dec 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: real-life-screwed-up-society, other-asia, memoir
Read from December 19 to 28, 2010

This was a nice, fat memoir about China from the perspective of a Jan Wong, a Canadian woman who started out as a dedicated Maoist and gradually came to her sences (over the course of 20 or so years). She's pretty likeable. She's a reporter, so she tends to tell it like it is, with a lot of useful history. I loved reading about her experience during the Cultural Revolution. She holds nothing back, even giving us all the grim details of her snitching (twice!) on what she believed (truely believed) to be counter-revolutionaries. It's a unique perspective of a time in Chinese history where western first hand reports are scarce. She also gives us an account of the Tiananmen Square massacre (she witnessed it all from the balcony of her hotel room overlooking the square). There's a lot of really interesting things to like here. I learned a lot.

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