Read e-book online Black Country to Red China: One Girl’s Story from War-torn PDF

By Esther Cheo Ying

ISBN-10: 009953603X

ISBN-13: 9780099536031

Born in pre-Revolutionary China and taken up within the Midlands, Esther Cheo Ying lower back to China in 1949 after a irritating early life, confident that there she might locate the happiness and experience of belonging she longed for. stuck up within the turmoil of civil warfare and sympathetic to the Communist Revolution, she joined the purple military after which stayed directly to paintings within the new People's Republic. yet regardless of her selection to make a brand new lifestyles in China may possibly she really feel free in a rustic which inspired consistent self-criticism and seen her as a 'false international devil'?

Black state to purple China is a rare account of lifestyles prior to the Cultural Revolution, however it is additionally a desirable perception into one woman's fight to come back to phrases along with your personal id.

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I did not want to reopen old scars or unwittingly cause harm to people who had already suffered so much. The incidents in the book are true, but in some cases I have changed names, places and circumstances. What I tell is as I saw it and felt it. I have exercised restraint in consideration of others’ feelings, but I realize that in recalling the events of my life I am likely to upset some friends and relations – East and West. I regret that I cannot tell my story without some people feeling hurt.

The soldier rushed out of the room shouting at the top of his voice. D and the Professor appeared, accompanied by another Red Army officer dressed in the shabby faded cotton uniform. D interpreted. When they established that my father was Chinese and was somewhere in Shanghai, the question of my nationality was no longer a problem. I was a Chinese citizen born in China. The next difficulty was what to do with me. They could not class me as an ‘Overseas Chinese’ because those are foreign-born. So that was not the proper organization for me.

They found a music box, with a clockwork mechanism and another soldier appeared with it rather excited and pointed to it. I thought they wanted me to play it and went to wind it up. The guard snatched it away quickly and spoke fast and excitedly. With an impatient gesture of annoyance I grabbed the box and wound it up. They waited breathlessly. A tinny version of ‘Whistle While You Work’ came out. There were embarrassed grins from everyone and the soldier went out again with the music box still playing.

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