"In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as Mao Ze-dong's Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. In this riveting memoir, Wei Yang Chao now tells his story--how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education, and sent out of a country rendered unrecognizable by violence and radical ideology. At first he is swept up by the Red Guards but finds himself at the center of a bloody revolution. After mass rallies at Tiananmen Square, he witnesses attacks on teachers and professors, and the disintegration of his parents' lives as tolerance and freedom begin to crumble he finds himself cast into exile"--Amazon.com.
[United States of America] : Nancy Allison Wright, , c2011.
Book — 311 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. + 1 DVD film
"A daughter's memory of her father's aviation career, Ernie "Allie" Allison learning to fly in WWI with the U.S. Air Corps, flying the first U.S. transcontinental with the U.S. Air Mail Service, opening China in 1929 as chief pilot and operations manager for China National Aviation Corporation, working for Chiang Kai-shek before and during the Japanese invasion, returning to the U.S. as Boeing's chief test pilot for the B-29, back to China in 1947 as C.N.A.C. operations manager, Vice-President elect, until 1949 when Mao Tse-tung declared the Peoples Republic"--p. 4 of cover.
Mayling Soong came to America at the age of 10. Her father, Charlie Soong, a practicing Christian who had spent time in America, was convinced that China's youth would need progressive, Western educations before returning to their homeland to take their places as leaders in the fields of government, education and engineering. The youngest of three daughters, Mayling followed her older siblings to the United States in search of a Western education, eventually entering Wellesley in 1913 at age 16. Here she made numerous friends including classmate Emma DeLong Mills. This lifelong friendship lasted through Mayling's 1927 marriage to General Chiang Kai-shek and his subsequent rise to power. After the undeclared Sino-Japanese war began Emma began a series of letters detailing the political climate in the isolationist United States, providing Mayling with invaluable insight into American attitudes regarding China and her Southeast Asian neighbors. Beginning with the early days of their friendship in America, the volume describes the identity struggle both girls faced following their 1917 graduation from Wellesley. Following Emma's visit to China (and somewhat unwilling return to New York), the friendship continued through their correspondence. Emma's role in the newly organized American Bureau of Medical Aid to China is discussed as are Madame Chiang Kai-shek's international fund-raising efforts on behalf of Chinese war relief. While military and political history is not the focus of the work, it is portrayed as it impacts the friendship, which is the subject of this account. (source: Nielsen Book Data)