Border Blackland: A Life Near the Northern Border of China During Mao's Cultural Revolution

Border Blackland A Life Near the Northern Border of China During Mao s Cultural Revolution A fascinating intimate view of the life of a young girl in the fields of China during the Cultural Revolution Robert Mason author of the New York Times bestselling Vietnam memoir Chickenhawk The lush

  • Title: Border Blackland: A Life Near the Northern Border of China During Mao's Cultural Revolution
  • Author: Kaimei Zheng Linda Patterson Miller
  • ISBN: 9780692647639
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating intimate view of the life of a young girl in the fields of China during the Cultural Revolution Robert Mason, author of the New York Times bestselling Vietnam memoir Chickenhawk The lush detail and exquisitely rendered narrative moments of Zheng s coming of age illuminate a world and its people that has too often remained hidden behind the walls o A fascinating intimate view of the life of a young girl in the fields of China during the Cultural Revolution Robert Mason, author of the New York Times bestselling Vietnam memoir Chickenhawk The lush detail and exquisitely rendered narrative moments of Zheng s coming of age illuminate a world and its people that has too often remained hidden behind the walls of history This book touches both heart and mind It changed me as I read it, and it promises to haunt me for a long time to come Linda Patterson Miller, Professor of English at Penn State, Abington chilling and poignant, frightening and touching Border Blackland is the most unadorned and informative memoir I have ever read Allen Josephs, University Research Professor, University of West Florida Looking back, writes Kaimei Zheng, I realize that my family history is an intricate part of Chinese modern history In 1966, when she was thirteen, Kaimei Zheng saw Mao s infamous Cultural Revolution erupt across her homeland, drastically changing her family s fortunes Within days, black became white and white became black Kaimei s scholar mother found herself labeled as an authority on the capitalist road And the privileged family she d once been so proud of suddenly was labeled black, sending us to the bottom level of society Workers and peasants became China s first class citizens Zheng continues After two years of encouraging Red Guards to destroy old and western culture, Mao decided to send city youth to the vast countryside to learn from the peasants It was the largest reverse migration in the history of mankind population flowed from cities to the countryside I, one of millions of others going elsewhere, happily went to the army farm at the northeast corner of China near Siberia, dreaming of becoming a brave soldier in the fields Zheng s well wrought, fascinating, and beautiful memoir relates a vital journey, revealing how a fifteen year old girl survived in a rich, frozen land amid a harsh sometimes brutal political climate dominated by Orwellian Thought Dissemination Teams and the full weight of the Communist Party.

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