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China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation By Xinran Nicky Harman Esther Tyldesley Julia Lovell China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation This hugely important and ground breaking book an unprecedented oral history gives voice to a silent generation and tells the secret history of th century China In five thousand years of feuda

  • Title: China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation
  • Author: Xinran Nicky Harman Esther Tyldesley Julia Lovell
  • ISBN: 9780701180393
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation By Xinran Nicky Harman Esther Tyldesley Julia Lovell This hugely important and ground breaking book an unprecedented oral history gives voice to a silent generation and tells the secret history of 20th century China.In 1912, five thousand years of feudal rule ended in China Warlords, Western businessmen, soldiers, missionaries and Japanese all ruled China, exploited and fought one another and the Chinese In 1949, Mao ZThis hugely important and ground breaking book an unprecedented oral history gives voice to a silent generation and tells the secret history of 20th century China.In 1912, five thousand years of feudal rule ended in China Warlords, Western businessmen, soldiers, missionaries and Japanese all ruled China, exploited and fought one another and the Chinese In 1949, Mao Zedong came to power China Witness is both a journey through time and through the author s own country, and a memorial to an extraordinary generation of men and women who have survived war, invasion, revolution, famine and modernization to tell the story of their times It is an extraordinary personal testimony from a normally silent generation who, in their lifetimes have seen China transformed from a largely peasant, agricultural country of than 1.3 billion people into a modern state These are ordinary people a herb woman at a market, retired teachers, a legendary bandit woman, Red Guards, oil pioneers, an acrobat, a naval general, a shoe mender, a lantern maker, taxi drivers, and others from west to east, across the vast country, now in their seventies, eighties and nineties, and whose memories will soon die with them.Here, for the first time many of them speak out about their lives and private thoughts about what they witnessed Together their intimate stories are perhaps the only accurate record of modern Chinese history.
    China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation By Xinran Nicky Harman Esther Tyldesley Julia Lovell

    China Witness Voices From A Silent Generation Xinran China Witness is a remarkable work of oral history that lets us see the cultural upheavals of the past century through the eyes of the Chinese who lived through them Xinran, acclaimed author of The Good Women of China, traveled across China seeking out the nation s grandparents and great grandparents, the men and women who experienced firsthand the tremendous changes of the modern era. China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation by Xinran In , five thousand years of feudal rule ended in China Warlords, Western businessmen, soldiers, missionaries and Japanese all ruled China, exploited and fought one another and the Chinese In , Mao This hugely important and ground breaking book an unprecedented oral history gives voice to a silent generation and tells the secret history of th century China. China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation Feb , China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation Kindle Edition by Xinran Author China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation by Xinran China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation, Paperback by Xinran, ISBN , ISBN , Brand New, Free shipping in the US An oral history of modern Chinese life views the last years of Chinese history from the perspective of members of the older generations of every tier of Chinese society, who recall their experiences and eyewitness to the Long March, Mao, war, the China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation Xinran China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation Xinran download B OK Download books for free Find books China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation by Xinran China Witness Voices from a Silent Generation by Xinran Xue and Xinran Xinran Trade Cloth The lowest priced item in unused and unworn condition with absolutely no signs of wear The item may be missing the original packaging such as the original box or bag or

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    1. Christina on said:

      A fascinating look at what the older generation feels and thinks about China, and the stories of their lives.This book makes a lot sense if you ve read a lot about China I have because much of what the author says and implies about certain events are easy to miss if you re not aware of Chinese recent history For instance, many of the people are very guarded in their assessment of political history and seem unable to criticize some of the horrible policies of Mao In fact, you have to read half t [...]

    2. Ranjeev Dubey on said:

      Any book on China describing the dark years between the 1940s and 1990s is welcome especially if it avoids the rich, the powerful and the elite and deals instead with the lived experiance of common folk Xinran has ferreted out people from a variety of fields across the face of China and discussed their lives with her Some are powerful but many are peasants or poor or stripped of all power or all of the foregoing The result is a very interesting portrait of life in the raw in times of enormous tr [...]

    3. Nick on said:

      Xinran is one of the most authentic voices from China writing today I snap up each of her books as soon as they come out I picked this one up with high hopes, as it s about the silent generation of Chinese who lived through the Revolution and the suffering afterward the whole gamut of natural and political catastrophe that is modern China Unfortunately, the silent generation learned early to lie to stay alive, and that is how their interviews often come across they re holding back, even in their [...]

    4. Pat on said:

      This is a very good book that gives some excellent insights into both current China from the perspective of both the author who is in her middle years and now lives mostly in the UK and of the people that she interviews who are mostly people in their later years, most of whom were revolutionaries when the Communist Party took over China in the late 40s To give an example of an insight It had not occurred to me duh, it should have that the Chinese have always existed under rulers who fostered and [...]

    5. kagami on said:

      This is the book that got me interested in Chinese history It consists of interviews with older Chinese in which they talk about their experiences of various stages of the People s Republic Some of them are gruelling and sad, and what s even sadder is that the interviewees themselves have not shared their stories with their children and grandchildren It seems to be a common occurrence that present day Chinese elderly don t talk much about their lives in pre capitalist China When I read China Wit [...]

    6. Donna Swartz on said:

      Most interesting view, as this was a compilation of interviews of Chinese who remained in PRC after 1949 by a Chinese journalist, Xinran, who grew up in China but now lives in London Her sensibilities remain in sync with her interviewees, with the overlay of her western experience The form, language and content of this book is, therefor, a wonderfully true reading of the mainland Chinese soul What is unsaid is just as revealing as what is said Poignant.

    7. Tweedledum on said:

      A deeply moving testament to the lives of ordinary Chinese citizens who endured decades of fear, oppression and political machinations Many of the people Xinran interviewed had never spoken about their experiences not even to their children or spouse As all were elderly or very elderly Xinran has succeeded in shining a light in some very dark places It was a humbling experience to read these testimonies.

    8. Sylvia Ttl on said:

      I sought to read this book out of a great interest over the modern history of China from the standpoint of ordinary people from all walks of life I appreciate the author s effort to tour China to document true but publicly unavailable stories, yet she has annoyed me in many occasions for interrupting the interviewees from telling a full account As a result, a potentially noteworthy personal history ends up as boring and long winded grandmother story that I could not bear to read on Not to mentio [...]

    9. Sahel Chin on said:

      I have read everything else by this author, and she is typically a very compelling storyteller Sadly, this book was dull and just a chore to get through Even worse, the subject matter is interesting, but just not presented well.

    10. Buchdoktor on said:

      Die chinesische Journalistin Xinran reiste quer durch China, von Guilin im S den bis nach Urumqi in der nord stlichen Provinz Xinjiang, um hochbetagte Chinesen im Alter zwischen 70 und 80 zu interviewen Mit diesem ehrgeizigen Projekt will sie Zeugnisse chinesischer Kultur und Geschichte dokumentieren, ehe sie in Vergessenheit geraten k nnen Xinran f hlt sich verantwortlich daf r, dass die Erinnerungen ihrer Gespr chspartner f r die folgenden Generationen bewahrt werden Eine chinesische Eigenheit [...]

    11. Emily on said:

      This past century has been a tumultuous one for China Until 1912, China was still ruled by the Qing Dynasty, which gave way after the Xinhai Revolution to a series of regional warlords vying for supremacy Nationalists were finally able to consolidate power by 1928, but then war, first with Japan and then civil war within China, was followed by the Communist revolution in 1949 The Time of the Leadership of the Party and the Cultural Revolution caused untold suffering, including millions of deaths [...]

    12. Mark on said:

      a book filled with interviews The author is very interested in telling the story of the peasants, and the price they paid with their blood and sweat to build China after the Liberation in 1949.What we don t understand in the West is what it was like before 1949, so we have no idea why when this new nation was born people were enthused and filled with optimism.Not as compelling as her book interviewing just women of China, but interesting to me China s peasants have been treated as a part of the [...]

    13. James on said:

      In this collection of interviews with elderly Chinese people, all of whom are witnesses to the great upheavals that beset twentieth century China, Xinran aims to tell their stories and to testify about their personal experiences living in such a tumultuous century The interviewees come from all walks of life a traditional lantern maker, former police officer and court official, a general returned from America, a shoe repairer these are ordinary people with ordinary lives as they often say but th [...]

    14. Julie on said:

      I wept Xinran effectively captures the unique personalities of each of her subjects, from a brief snippet of an overheard conversation to long interviews with people who lived somehow through conditions that seem impossibly inhumane Truly though, their stories of hardship are engrossing and emotional What brings me to tears are the stories of parenting during such tumultuous times Consistent are regrets of losing connection with their children, and though reasons are as varied as DNA combination [...]

    15. Andrew on said:

      Fascinating insight into the first hand experiences out those who lived through the vast upheaval that was Chinese life in the 20th century The drive and sacrifices of the individuals who sought to reshape their nation is laudable, but equally compelling is the sense of betrayal by those who sacrificed so much to be only be left behind and forgotten as Chinese growth took off Each interview brings a unique perspective on these events, which I admittedly had only a rudimentary knowledge of Althou [...]

    16. Ashley on said:

      If I had read China Witness before reading other works by Xinran I would of given it stars China Witness is a collection of interviews of Chinese who lived through the Revolution Whilst the interviews are heartbreaking, tragic i feel as though I am not getting full insight into these people s lives They tell their story s and share their pain, anguish, resilience and determination but something seems to be missing slightly Perhaps as part of the Silent Generation these people are so steeped in [...]

    17. Kirsten Benites on said:

      When reading this book I had a hard time not comparing it to another oral history which I read recently Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich The authors approach the role of oral historian very differently Xinran is very much a part of the book she discusses how she found interviewees, her journey through China interviewing them and includes her in my opinion very leading questions as well as their responses Alexievich in contrast is completely absent from Voices from Chernobyl, editing [...]

    18. Rebecca on said:

      This book is an interesting look at the lives of the older generation in China Each chapter starts off describing the person or persons that the author is interviewing, followed by a transcript of the interview I personally was not a huge fan of the straight transcript format, but that s just a personal preference The people she interviewed were extraordinary, and their stories were fascinating Sometimes I wished for analysis to go with the interviews I would recommend this book to anyone who i [...]

    19. Cj Newman on said:

      Great book for those, like myself, who enjoy learning about the culture of Chinese women Real women, not officials or famous citizens Xinran winnowed the initial list of 50 down to 20 solid interviews of such women for the purpose of recording a period of Chinese history for the children Mainly people who lived through the Cultural Revolution and just before and after She was seeking their honest remembrances Some warmed up a little slowly, but for the most part many and their spouses chimed in [...]

    20. Jennifer on said:

      I read to page 231 out of 417 before deciding to set this one aside I find the subject, living through the turmoil of China s cultural revolution, interesting, but the presentation did not engage me I expected it to be like her other books, The Good Women of China and Letter from an Unknown Chinese Mother, but it lacked the narrative style of those books Instead of telling a different story in each chapter, China Witness gives only a short introduction followed by a transcript of an interview wi [...]

    21. Caroline on said:

      China s history experienced by millions during Mao s Cultural Revolution is captured in a series of interviews by a journalist Her subjects are the grandparents and great grandparents who survived imprisonment, re education, famine, separation from their families and hard labor The author selected 50 ordinary individuals across China to interview The interviews covered not only the tragedies and hardship that they experienced, but also their candid opinions of the changes that China has gone thr [...]

    22. Gordon on said:

      This book was a bit disappointing I applaud Xinran s mission to preserve the memories of past generations of Chinese, respect her love of her country, and found many details of interest At the same time, in my opinion she tried too hard to make political points, not only in her commentary but in the questions she chose to ask if the text of the book is anything to go by, she occasionally pushed her interviewees too hard Repeatedly I was left wishing that she had let them discuss the things that [...]

    23. Tracy on said:

      This book is a collection of interviews with people who are 60 years old in contemporary China So these are people who were born after the Guomintang revolution, but before the Communist one They survived that, plus the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and now the market reforms The premise of the book is that this is a group who has both seen and done a lot, and has something important to say about what it means to be Chinese.The life stories of the people interviewed in this book a [...]

    24. Fanny on said:

      A necessary book There are not enough of these stories being told, and censorship is effectively silencing an entire generation of people who are already reluctant to reminisce over the hardships they faced in their youth It took me a while to finish this book because while I am interested in the subject matter, I was completely put off by the style in which it was written Too much of the book felt like I was being handheld through each interview, and being told what to feel Parts of the book al [...]

    25. Mi on said:

      Here is a book that matters If you have read Xinran s The Good Women of China and found it enlightening, this, too, reveals some secrets and truths yet unrecorded in Chinese historical documents China Witnesses is a compilation of Xinran s interviews of people who lived through the darkest years of China s history If you want to dig deeper at grass roots level into the sentiments of the very generation that has witnessed China s evolution from poverty and socio political unrest, this won t fail [...]

    26. Laura on said:

      I feel guilty for not liking this book Xinran travelled China, interviewing the elderly who had lived through the Communist Revolution She is trying to give these men and women the chance to share their true thoughts and feelings something they have been forbidden to do throughout their lives There were many nuggets of fascinating insight, but the book mostly consisted of straight transcriptions of her interviews I wanted to want to be drawn in by them, but the book spent a lot of time on my be [...]

    27. The Tick on said:

      This was a hard book to read there wasn t always enough background information, especially when it came to smaller aspects of China s recent history, the kind that wouldn t be covered in broad historical surveys There were also some things that I felt could have been shortened or cut especially the love letters they were sweet, but they didn t really add to what the book s main focus was supposed to be.On the other hand, Xinran really did an excellent job of finding people with perspectives that [...]

    28. Patty on said:

      Not as riveting as Wild Swans, mostly because the interviews were so uneven Some were fascinating and others, minimally interesting Also, the author was disturbingly intrusive throughout I wanted to get of the flavor of the Chinese subjects, without her commentary except perhaps as a footnote The question and answer format was annoying, especially as she kept asking key questions over and over to all the subjects There is no doubt that the interviews are an important part of the story of twenti [...]

    29. Ke Yu on said:

      this comes as a huge disappointment after the high expectation set by the good women of China the book reads like raw transcriptions of interviews with inadquate good probings the author s strength intertwinning her actions, thinking and the storyline, is in the main casted away and the stories read quite thin at times, it seems that she had wanted to achieve too many purposes how people expereinced the old times, how they met and raised the family and in the end none is adequately addressed.

    30. Pamela on said:

      Although I am not usually a fan of question answer formats, I found that in this book, it works Xinran interviewed about 20 senior citizens from a wide variety of backgrounds in China about their experiences in the last century Each one had a unique story to tell Like our own depression WWII era relatives, each thought they just did what they had to do, and it wasn t really worth talking about Thank goodness Xinran and Tom Brokaw in the US did think it was worth talkign about

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