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Lake With No Name: A True Story Of Love And Conflict In Modern China

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Beijing University, 1986. The Communists were in power, but the Harvard of China was a hotbed of intellectual and cultural activity, with political debates and "English Corners" where students eagerly practiced the language among themselves. Nineteen-year-old Wei had known the oppressive days of the Cultural Revolution, having grown up with her parents in a work camp in a ...more
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C.J. Shane
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
There are two parallel stories in this memoir. One is author Wei Liang's love affair with a fellow Beijing university student during the heady days of the 1989 student protest movement in China. The other is a first-person account of the author's involvement in the protest movement that ended in the Tiananmen Square massacre on the night of June 4, 1989.

The love affair isn't all that interesting except to reveal to non-Chinese just how deep goes the sense of responsibility to familial obligation
Robin Yaklin
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Interesting story from a young woman at Tianammen Square at the time of the student rebellion. I remember being there years later. I'd been walking through the acres of the Forbidden City. Had tired, sore feet and was perched on a flower planter across from the boulevard running perpendicular to the Boulevard of Eternal Peace and was approached by a local soft-spoken man. He shook my hand and asked me why I did not want to tour the square. Without thinking, I said that it made me very, very sad. ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mathilda by: Mother
Shelves: spanish
This biography/historical novel has opened my eyes toward China. I have to admit that lately I have been rather closed-minded whenever China was concerned, especially due to the horrific treatment they give to the environment. However, this novel has taught to look beyond my own beliefs and see what the country is really like, understand the suffering of the people living under a communist dictatorship, and wonder if, and how, they will ever go through this period.

I wish well to the people of t
Abraham Carrillo
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those that know little about life in Beijing, China during the eighties, this book has much to offer. Diane Wei Liang beautifully writes about the land and passion of its people. A major element of the novel are the events that lead up to the Tiananmen Square tragedy. In May/June of 1989, students lead a movement for reform of the government to China. On June 4th, 1989, the China's army opened fired on peaceful demonstrations. thousands of students and innocent citizens of China died and Lia ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The love life stuff is a real distraction. It does affect her thinking, but not about the more important issues of the political events. That aspect of this book could easily have been reduced to a quarter or less of what is in this book, and that would have been a good improvement.

The political story is covered as a memoir, without a lot of depth about the issues. Wei relates interactions with multiple major players on the university side, but more as an aquaintance or friend than as a major p
Molly Watson
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A startling and surprising first-hand account of life in China from the beginning of the Cultural Revolution through the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1986. Diane Wei Liang provides a shocking insight into a culture that struggled between revolution, tradition, and Western ideals. Her shocking stories from living in a forced labor camp for intellectuals as a child set up a solid background for the events of 1986, as the young educated generation of college students clashed with the Communist gove ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I learned so much from reading this book. I am horrified by what happened to the students in Tiananmen Square and the thousands who were out to support them. I have read historical books on China before so some of what I read in this book didn't surprise me, but it did upset me. Unlike many of the people here who reviewed this book I enjoyed reading about Wei's love interest. It was heartbreaking at times and it showed what these young folk had to deal with. Many of them felt so trapped, and yet ...more
Sara Hayden
This first-hand account of the Tiananmen Square uprising was interesting, but could have done without the love story as a framing device. I'd like to read some other memoirs on Tiananmen, because this author's democratic ideas and goals seem to have been pretty unfocused; I'd be interested to find out if this was generally the case, or if it was just her. The writing style is very Chinese - flowery and pensive in a way that seems affected in English. Better editing could have helped. Also, almos ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Begins in China during the Cultural Revolution, later years around 1972ish and (will) end with Tiananmen Square.
Shannon Singleton
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
wonderful memoir, couldn't put it down. Great perspective on growing up in China inthe 70s and 80s. Perfect read for my trip to china.
Msa Faleni
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms Diane Wei has written a stunning account of the June Fourth Incident. She writes with such intimacy. It has to be one of the best personal accounts of the protests.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really sad story of the cultural revolution in China. A good way to read history from an insiders view.
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy interesante. No sólo por el testimonio del Movimiento estudiantil del 89, sino por las descripciones de la autora del miedo de los ciudadanos chinos; miedo a que alguien te delate, a que la gran maquinaria burocrática del gobierno destroce tus planes de futuro, a ser considerado contrarrevolucionario. El Miedo como forma de vida.

Otra cosa positiva, aparte de conocer la vida personal y académica de la autora, es el repaso a la Historia de China del s. XX; me ha hecho profundizar en sucesos qu
Jun 03, 2009 rated it liked it
There are two facets of this book that occur simultaneously: one is the story of Wei's love life, the other is her experience attending Beijing University during the student demonstrations of 1989. While the latter facet was eye-opening and, I think, a required reading for everyone, the former facet was quite frustrating to read. Even though I did not like the love life portion of the book, her eyewitness accounts of an important part of modern world history are critical for us to not forget and ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story from a young woman at Tianammen Square during the time of the student rebellion. I remember reading about the protests years ago but I loved the personal storyline behind the conflict and politcal uprising. I find it fascintaing that all this was going on in China during my lifetime and the complete contrast of life styles of the young people in China and then their lives when they come to the US.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booknook, china
It is very interesting and impressive. It gives a lot of inside information about the student demonstrations in China back in 1989. I guess everyone remembered the tanks rolling into Tiannanmen Square. She was one of the thousands of students at Beijing University who had been involved in the peaceful demonstrations. It’s so impressive to read!
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Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: china
This memoir blends a star-crossed love story with the (equally star crossed?) student democracy movement in Spring 1989. In addition to the glimpses into life at Beijing University, the author shows the conflict her parents and anyone else who had lived through the Cultural Revolution felt about the student movement.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one but I couldn't get over the writing. The love story was drawn out and boring; she was such a periphery player in the events that I find more information online than through her account. Wouldn't read again or recommend.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Not my fave book about China. Though it gives a lot of information, I wasn't expecting a sum up of the facts and dates. To me, this was not the tale of a lovelife (as suggested on the Dutch cover) but just a biography of someone who lived in Beijing during the revolution.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was beautifully written, sometimes I felt as if it was fiction. The information about what happened in China during that time was at times too much for me. I had no idea what really was going on. What an unbelievable time in history, I am so grateful of what I have here.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lake with No Name provides real insight into impact of the Tienanmen crackdown on Chinese youth. It is a real-life 1984
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Comes across as a very honest and matter-of-fact view of a student's life in China leading up to the Tiannenmen Square protests.
Ms. G
Feb 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Learned some about China at the time but most interested in the love story--very romantic.
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Diane Wei Liang was born in Beijing. She spent part of her childhood with her parents in a labor camp in a remote region of China, and the other part in Beijing with her mother when her parents were forced to live and work in different cities. She studied psychology at Peking University. In 1989 she took part in the Student Democracy Movement and was in Tiananmen Square. Later that year, she left ...more
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