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China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution A Candid Memoir About Growing Up During The Chinese Cultural Revolution, Adapted By The Author From His Colors Of The Mountain, Published By Random HouseDa Chen Was Born In China In The Grandson Of A Landlord, He And His Family Were Treated As Outcasts In Communist China In School, Da Was An Excellent Student Until A Teacher Told Him That, Because Of His Family S Crimes, He Could Never Be Than A Poor Farmer Feeling His Fate Was Hopeless, Da Responded By Dropping Out And Hanging Around With A Gang However, After Mao S Death, Da Realized That An Education And College Might Be Possible, But He Had To Make Up For The Time He D Wasted He Began To Study All Day And Into The Night His Entire Family Rallied To Help Him Succeed, Working Long Hours In The Rice Fields And Going Into Debt To Ensure That Da Would Have An Education When The Final Exam Results Were Posted, He Had One Of The Highest Scores In The Region And Had Earned A Place At The Prestigious Beijing University Now His Family S Past Would Not Harm Their Future From The Hardcover Edition


10 thoughts on “China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

  1. says:

    Is it too late to know about Cultural Revolution in China in period of Chairman Mao, 1966 If yes, it is my personal fault I am a Thai pampered girl who never opens her eyes, seeing something s near and valuable but swinging her eyes on something beyond and hard to reach to then was suffered.If no, it is my turn to repay it by reviewing this book, China s Son growing up in the Cultural Revolution, to make it is part of my beautiful memories.China s son was found in Flinders University library accidentally It started its story with when a little thin dark skin boy named Chen Da was born in landlord family in 1962 in country side of Putien, near Yellow River, embraced by Ching Mountain, Fujian In this period of Chaiman Mao in 1966 being a landlord is dangerous Landlord position made Chens children segregated from others around their house They didn t only have enough food to swallow or much meat to eat but lack of chance to study also By Mao s policy of Cultural Revolution, children of landlord must be quit from school, doing the farm work, while others had opportunity to study Moreover, students who were studying in university at that time were dismissed as well Then they were sent to remote area to learn how to be a good labor This process was call reeducation Da is the only child who was still attending school while his brothers and sisters were working in farm field He played an outstanding role in secondary school Unfortunately, He was about quit form school because he was accused as a counterrevolution After hiding himself in cousin Ta s place for a little while, he went back and decided not to go to school any Fortunately, a teacher called him back He attended school again but school s atmosphere was changed It became an icy frozen school in which his classmate pretended he never existed Only four friends he got came from gambling game they played in New Year s Day After studying each others for a while, they became a swearing brother Da started drinking and smoking a thick tobacco made by his friend, giving up attending class Also he, as the first one in Yellow Stone village, learned to play bamboo flute and violin with Dad s friends.One day when Mao passed away and Gang of Four took thrown, something was changed Cultural Revolution was over Cousin Ta told his mom about the university admission which opened for everyone Chens had a hope to send their child to study in university At that time Da is the only hope of the whole family He both kowtowed to gods at mom s shrine behind kitchen and concentrated on study hard to catch up all lessons that his classmate had already done for a couple of years He cut off playing with friends, roaming outside, but buried himself with a hill of book, preparing for national exam 7 months left before the exam, Dad decided to let Jin, Da s brother take the exam as well They needed to work hard together When the national exam came, they were sent to different places Although Da was laughed at when he decided to attend an English major because this major deserved for rich people, he didn t give up Finally, when score was released, Da got 380, the highest score of Putien, Fijian Whit this highest score, he could be accepted from university he wanted, that is Beijing Language Institute It took him 3 days by train to arrive there This is the first time of a Putien folk boy with a thick tongue and speaking unclear Mandarin had to go far away from his warm family, studying English major in the capital city of China.Long time ago I reviewed one of my impressed book called Don t cry, Nanjing This is the first time of this year I have reviewed another book of China written in English I could tell with my pride that is the first English book I finish reading which I have a passion on In addition, I was not forced to read it though It was true to say that this book is impossible to be put down because I could not do so.Cultural Revolution, also reeducation, is bran new for me I have never known anything about this kind of stuff before Why I am interested in is my question as well I know his name, Chaiman Mao, but I do not really know about his influence This is the time to reveal these things for me, after I was suffered with Zhang Yi Mo s movie, To Live.Now I am reading a next book of Chen Da named Sounds of the River What s going on when he had to achieve the academic English while survived in big city called Beijing with political depression because of his family background


  2. says:

    The interesting story of growing up in the Cultural Revolution.Da Chen s family was outcast during this time because they had been landlords Da Chen tells what it was like for his family and himself to fight off the discrimination and humiliation at the hands of neighbors and townspeople because of his family and his background.Humorous at times, gut wrenching at other times this is an honest book about the human struggle to survive in really tough times.Da and his brother Jin found a way out for themselves and the family after the death of Mao, once education once again became popular Their incredible will to will against the odds and disciple to study allowed them to rise to the top, win scholarships and find good jobs after graduation Jin stayed in China, Da came to the USA on a law school scholarship and married and writes about his experiences.Good to read a story where the good guy wins.


  3. says:

    During the 1950s and 1960s, China faced a time of revolution Communist became the most common and trust belief while previously rich landlords were now treated as outcasts Da Chen s family had previously been wealthy during his grandfather s time but by his birth his family no longer had the wealth or status that they previously had As his family was treated as an outcast by society Da decided to drop out of school and join a gang secretly This lifestyle continued but when Communist Party leader Mao Zedong died, he began to once again pursue his education, with the support of his family Many hardships that many people faced during the Mao regime are left untold and unheard of but Da Chen illustrates this with his books.


  4. says:

    This is a memoir with twists as convoluted as real life despair, hope, irresponsibility, and dedication take their turns The end result is a not altogether comfortable story of growing up in 1970s China Unlike many memoirs or biographies, China s Son Growing Up in the Cultural Revolutionis written in a smooth, easy to read narrative style.This book contains alcohol consumption, smoking, and swearing.


  5. says:

    Biography of Da Chen growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution He comes from a dispsed landlord family, and struggles against that prejudice He is tormented in school and almost leaves repeatedly He becomes friends with the town juvenile delinquents and has a future of farming to look forward to Then an opportunity to take the college entrance exam comes along, and Da Chen must make up for lost time if he is to have any hope of a brighter future.


  6. says:

    I ve got to stop trolling for Kindle library books I hadn t realized I d read this about ten years ago I liked it better then.


  7. says:

    The Chinese Great Proletartian Cultural Revolution from the view of a country boy who is the son of a former landlord.


  8. says:

    The interesting story of growing up in the Cultural Revolution.Da Chen s family was outcast during this time because they had been landlords Da Chen tells what it was like for his family and himself to fight off the discrimination and humiliation at the hands of neighbors and townspeople because of his family and his background.Humorous at times, gut wrenching at other times this is an honest book about the human struggle to survive in really tough times.Da and his brother Jin found a way out for themselves and the family after the death of Mao, once education once again became popular Their incredible will to will against the odds and disciple to study allowed them to rise to the top, win scholarships and find good jobs after graduation Jin stayed in China, Da came to the USA on a law school scholarship and married and writes about his experiences.Good to read a story where the good guy wins.


  9. says:

    Da Chen grew up during China s Cultural Revolution Due to his ancestry, he lost a lot of opportunities he otherwise would have had China s Son is his memoir of the years under Mao and just after the leader s death I found it to be fascinating The writing is very good, often using similes and metaphors to create lovely word pictures It reads quickly I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Cultural Revolution This book makes a good addition to Red Scarf Girl as they cover life in very different locations of the country and positions in life during the same time period.


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    This author is going on my read everything you can get your hands on list The author and I are the same age, and I remember reading a little a very little about the evils of the Cultural Revolution in the magazines my grassroots rural American parents bought, such as Reader s Digest It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I picked up this book, wondering if I was going to find disturbing depictions of inhumanity and violence I had forgotten for a moment that to a child, what they grow up with is all they know of life like it or not, until they reach a certain level of maturity which comes earlier to some than to others , nothing is abnormal , it is what there is Chen s purpose is not to dwell on the gory details of being bullied in school rather, it is to show how he learned to make the best of a bad situation by focussing on the one thing no one could take from him once he d acquired it knowledge I hear ya, Chen I soooo hear ya. Though he joined a band of brothers and flirted with the idea of saying what the hell, why bother , he had the huge advantage over me of a loving and supportive family who were willing to make all kinds of sacrifices so he and his brother Jin could study, once Mao was safely dead and higher education was no longer the quickest route to a labour camp We both went to college at approximately the same time, but I didn t have to ride to the entrance exam on the back of the village s only motorised conveyance a diesel tractor, nor did my sister have to pedal me home on a bicycle not built for two In the 1970s, China broadcast a whole four hours of television per day, and that s if you could find a set to watch on I honestly could not put this one down until I finished it Chen s style is at once serious and spiced with the kind of humour that gets you through a hard year No wonder this book reminded me strongly of another Chinese author, The Diary of Ma Yan Like her, Da Chen doesn t cry victim he s devastatingly honest about his own failings and fears, but he also reminds the first world reader that to a startlingly large number children on this planet, education of any kind is an impossible dream, and for others a great and shining privilege and for a relatively small proportion, an entitlement that they take far less seriously than they should When I graduated, I left the US to make a new life in Europe Da Chen left China to make his home in the US I wish him very, very well.


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