China witness: voices from a silent generation

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Publisher:
Pantheon Books,
Pub. Date:
c2009.
Language:
English
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China Witness is an extraordinary work of oral history that illuminates the diverse ways in which the Chinese perceive and understand their own history. Xinran, the acclaimed author of The Good Women of China and Sky Burial, traveled across China in 2005 and 2006, seeking out the nation’s grandparents and great-grandparents, the men and women who have experienced, firsthand, the vast changes of the modern era. In cities and remote villages, Xinran spoke with members of these generations from all tiers of society, interviewing them for the first and perhaps the last time. Although many of them feared repercussions for speaking freely, they spoke to Xinran with stunning candor about their hopes, fears, and struggles, and about what they have witnessed: from the Long March to land reform, from Mao to marriage, from revolution to Westernization. While the West has commonly viewed the last one hundred years in China through the single narrative lens of Mao’s rise and rule, the experience of this same period for the Chinese themselves has been infinitely more complex. In the same way that Studs Terkel’s Working and Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation gave us the essence of very particular times, China Witness gives us the essence of modern China–a portrait more intimate, nuanced, and revelatory than any we have had before.
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9780375425479
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table_of_contents Yao Popo, or the Medicine Woman of Xingyi / Two Generations of the Lin Family: the Curse of a Legend / New Discoveries in Xinjiang, the World's Biggest Prison / On the Road, Interlude 1: Interview with a North-Western Taxi Driver / Pioneers of China's Oil: a Distinguished Husband and Wife / Acrobat: from Counter-revolutionary's Daughter to National Medal Winner / On the Road, Interlude 2: Talking to a Chinese Colleague about Tibet, Folk Customs, Tiger Stoves and the Chinese Jews / Tea Houses and News Singers: Three Thousand Years of Anecdotes and Wonders / Carrying on a Craft Tradition: the Qin Huai Lantern-Makers / Across Mountain and Grassland: a Witness to the Long March / Savouring her Blessings after Trials and Tribulations: Woman General born in America / Interlude 3: Love Letters / On the Road, Interlude 4: Reflections Between the Lines / The Policeman: A Cop who Entered the Police Force as the People's Republic was Founded / The Shoe-Mender Mother: Years Spent out in All Weathers / On the Road, Interlude 5: A Squall at the 4 May Memorial / Afterword: Images of My Motherland.
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