A song for China : how my father wrote Yellow River cantata

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Toronto, Ontario : Groundwood Books, 2019.
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79 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
9781773061511, 1773061518


"This is the fascinating story of how a young Chinese author, Guang Weiran, a passionate militant from the age of twelve, fought, using art, theater, poetry and song, especially the famous Yellow River Cantata--the anthem of Chinese national spirit--to create a socially just China. Set during the period of the struggle against the Japanese and the war against the Kuomintang in the 1920s and '30s, this book, written and illustrated by Guang Weiran's award-winning artist son, Ange Zhang, illuminates a key period in China's history. The passion and commitment of the artists who were born under the repressive weight of the Japanese occupation, the remnants of the decaying imperial order and the times of colonial humiliation are inspiring. Zhang's words and wood-block style of art tell us the story of his father's extraordinary youth and very early rise to prominence due to his great talent with words. We see and hear the intensity of what it meant to be alive at such a significant moment in the history of China, a country that understands itself as the heir to one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. The humiliations and social injustice the Chinese people had endured in the colonial period were no longer bearable. And yet there were major factional differences between those who wanted to create a modern China. Ange's words and art paint the picture for us through his father's story, accompanied by sidebars that explain the historical context. The book ends in a burst of glorious color and song, with the words of the Yellow River Cantata in Mandarin, as well as newly translated into English. This great song turns eighty years old in 2019, and will be sung and performed by huge orchestras and choirs around the world, as the Chinese diaspora has embraced the cantata as its own."--,Provided by publisher.
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Issued also in electronic format.
Text in English; includes English translation of Yellow River Cantata lyrics followed by the original Mandarin.

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Zhang, A. (2019). A song for China: how my father wrote Yellow River cantata . Groundwood Books.

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Zhang, Ange. 2019. A Song for China: How My Father Wrote Yellow River Cantata. Toronto, Ontario: Groundwood Books.

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Zhang, Ange. A Song for China: How My Father Wrote Yellow River Cantata Toronto, Ontario: Groundwood Books, 2019.

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Zhang, Ange. A Song for China: How My Father Wrote Yellow River Cantata Groundwood Books, 2019.

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