In a memoir of life as a child during China s Cultural Revolution, the author describes the persecution of her family and friends and her emmigration to the United States...
|Title||:||The White-Haired Girl: Bittersweet Adventures of a Little Red Soldier|
|Publisher||:||Pica Books Lst Picador USA ed edition August 1, 1997|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||896 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The White-Haired Girl: Bittersweet Adventures of a Little Red Soldier Reviews
This book held me captive until I finished it. Jaia, and her husband Douglas, have created a wonderful picture of growing up during the Cultural Revolution. I felt as if I had been transported to China during those days and was right there, living out the same experiences as Jaia. This book is a must for anyone even slightly interested in China, its people, its culture and its history.
Great read. Informative about this recent, monumental period in Chinese history from the perspective of a fierce, passionate young girl. Describes the mass brain washing and power of chairman Mao along with the disenchantment of the hypocrisy of his government.
I enjoyed "The White-Haired Girl" much more than most other memoirs from the Cultural Revolution. This book really made me feel that I was experiencing events from the perspective of a child in a time of tremendous chaos and political upheaval. Although the author certainly experienced considerable hardship, her story lacks the self-pity or moralizing one often finds in similar accounts.
I've read many first person accounts of living through the Cultural Revolution in China, and this ranks high on my personal list of favorites. Jaia's childhood story is told with a great deal of honesty, and she lets us see along with her the first realizations that all she is told might not be fact, and that there are different ways to view events. I loved the account of a survivor of the Long March talking at her school. Like another reviewer, I'd like to know more about her life in the US, and would love another book by her telling that story.
This book was a gift, literally and... I knew nothing of the Cultural Revolution. This memoir was an introduction and an education into a devasting and horrendous period of time in China, told by a young girl whose educated parents were punished as traitors to the state. Despite that blemish on her record, she strives to be Mao's Best Kid, and model Chinese. Bright and resourceful, she learns for herself.
This is an individual perspective on the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath by a very positive young woman who experienced a terrible state of affairs but came through. The anecdotes are interesting, and the dysfunctional family (especially the document-forging, lock-picking father) never ceases to amaze. The co-authors make for some interesting and fresh usages of Chinese words, such as "ghost-mixing" (for the Chinese gui3 hun4, approximately equivalent to scr--ing around). This book provides good background for some of the excellent contemporary fiction now appearing in English on this period, such as Geling Yan's new book, "White Snake and Other Stories."