Chinese Whispers Searching For Forgiveness In Beijing Chinese Whispers During the Cultural Revolution Jan Wong studied in Beijing and reported a fellow student to the authorities In she returned to China to find out what happened to the woman she

  • Title: Chinese Whispers: Searching For Forgiveness In Beijing
  • Author: Jan Wong
  • ISBN: 9781843549758
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chinese Whispers During the Cultural Revolution, Jan Wong studied in Beijing and reported a fellow student to the authorities In 2005, she returned to China to find out what happened to the woman she betrayed In 1972, Jan Wong became one of only two Westerners admitted to Beijing University at the height of the Cultural Revolution Full description

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    1. I know it's another name for the game of Telephone, and it's fitting given the subject of the book, but the title was so distracting. Every time I looked at the cover of the book, I sang George Michael's "Careless Whisper" in my head and replaced the words with "Chinese whispers": "Time can never mend / The Chinese whispers of a good friend. / To the heart and mind, / Ignorance is kind. / There's no comfort in the truth, / Pain is all you'll find." Actually, though, I think the author did find c [...]

    2. I read my first Jan Wong book, Red China Blues, when I was in third year at UBC, Vancouver, Canada. I was an aspiring sinologist at the time, eager to learn more about the country which would become the heart of my studies until this very day. At the time, I thought Red China Blues was a great book. Easy to read, intersecting between history, personal anecdotes, and stories of places that I had never been to, but would love to visit some day.And so, I had much anticipation when I started reading [...]

    3. Another random pick in the library that I enjoyed. Having read quite a lot of books about China's history, it was really interesting and different to read a book set in modern day China. Jan Wong has returned to China, 33 years after she willingly reported a fellow student to the Chinese authorities for wanting to leave the country. Jan was a 'starry-eyed Maoist' and paid no thought to what would happen to Yin as a result of her actions. Yin disappeared.Jan returns to Beijing in 2006 set on find [...]

    4. This was an interesting book. On the cover The Times (I wonder which one) says it is 'the future of travel writing'. This i am not so sure about - in many ways I do hope not.Jan Wong, the author, is a Canadian Chinese woman who, in the 70s, was all fired up with the dream of Mao and went off to study in Beijing. There she encountered a young woman, Yin Luoyi who was disenchanted by the Chienese dream and wanted out. She asked Wong if she would help her get to America. What Wong did would should [...]

    5. Most of the book read as "woe is me, poor little me, pay attention to me, I have never done anything wrong, woe is me, so I might have snitched on someone but still woe is me, me, me, me". While I do understand that this is a memoir, I did expect the author to focus a bit less on herself and how it seems everyone in China has wronged her one way or another. Moreover, what is it with having those nicknames for everyone? Talk about being condescending! Yes, those nicknames were just translations o [...]

    6. I was able to read this book in about a day. One long day but still.And having been to Beijing, it was interesting to read a book set there. The author tells her real life tale of turning in a fellow student during the Cultural Revolution and then going back to Beijing years later to try to find the woman and ask for forgiveness. The book very nicely weaves history from the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Massacre and current times in Beijing (well, up until 2007 when the book was publ [...]

    7. While I enjoyed the insight into life in China in the 1970s, I found the author a little grating. More anecdotal than insightful, I thought Wong was a little too self-obsessed and inward looking than she needed to be. It seemed like her journey seeking out this woman was more about curiosity than forgiveness or redemption. She never came across as truly concerned for the girl she exposed (not least because she forgot about it for years). Seemed disingenuous at times, and I'm not sure I trusted h [...]

    8. This was a fascinating picture of China, in particular Beijing, as it is today. I was really amazed at how materialistic and capitalistic it is. It seems that everyone is obsessed with money, ownership and possessions. The author went to Beijing to seek forgiveness from a woman she denounced during the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s. During this journey, she gives some really interesting insights into the city, but the one thing I have learned out of it is that I have no desire whatsoever to g [...]

    9. The author, a Canadian, while studying at Beijing University in the beginning of the 70s, denounced a Chinese student who dreamed of going to America. She, the Chinese student, had to go through the Cultural Revolution punishments. The author returns to Beijing in the 2000s trying to find the student.

    10. I thought this book was fine, Wong sometimes made me laugh and sometimes made me admire her but I think I felt that generally it was all a bit broad-brush and never really went deep enough into the many topics it covered. Overall I'm sure it was a cathartic experience for her but I didn't feel like I got much out of it as the reader.

    11. Her first book, Red China Blues was heavy going but only because I didn't know any of the information or history she was relating. Chinese Whispers is about her trip back to China 33 years later and is an easier read.

    12. Enjoyed this. Reading about the authors experiences during the Chinese revolution and her subsequent search for her former class mate brings my own experiences in Beijing to a new light.

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