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Life and Death in Shanghai
by Cheng Nien

Published: 2010-12-14
Paperback : 560 pages
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This is a first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who worked for Shell in Shanghai under Mao, was put under house arrest by Red Guards in 1966 and subsequently jailed. All attempts to make her confess to the charges of being a British ...
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This is a first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who worked for Shell in Shanghai under Mao, was put under house arrest by Red Guards in 1966 and subsequently jailed. All attempts to make her confess to the charges of being a British spy failed; all efforts to indoctrinate her were met by a steadfast and fearless refusal to accept the terms offered by her interrogators. When she was released from prison she was told that her daughter had committed suicide. In fact Meiping had been beaten to death by Maoist revolutionaries.

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  "All Time Fav"by [email protected] (see profile) 05/10/19

I read this book about some years ago when the author was making the rounds lecturing. Just had to buy the book and it was a page turner. I among rereading it for my book group

 
  "Glad you Liked it!"by Adrienne.Hall (see profile) 05/08/17

As I said, I think about scenes from this book at times when I'm ready to give up on something, and remember all that I have to be grateful for.

 
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by [email protected] (see profile) 04/21/17

Excellent book!

 
by LER (see profile) 04/03/17

I found this book to be life-changing. Whenever I find myself stressing about unfair or unpleasant situations, I think of what this brilliant lady endured and give my emotions a reality chec... (read more)

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