By Jan Wong
In the early 70s, Jan Wong travelled from Canada to develop into considered one of purely Westerners approved to review at Beijing collage. in the future a tender stranger, Yin Luoyi, requested for assist in attending to the U.S.. Wong, then a starry-eyed Maoist, instantly said Yin to the professionals. Thirty-three years on, and greater than a decade after the e-book of her bestselling pink China Blues, Jan Wong revisits the chinese language capital to start her look for the individual that has haunted her moral sense. She desires to say sorry, to by some means make amends. no less than, she desires to realize no matter if Yin survived.
As Jan Wong hunts during the urban, she reveals herself traveling again during the a long time, again to her reviews within the Cultural Revolution, to areas that have been as soon as of massive value to her. She has replaced, after all, yet no longer up to Beijing. one of many world’s such a lot historical towns is now one in every of its latest. The neon indicators not say “Long reside Chairman Mao” yet as an alternative tout Mary Kay cosmetics and Kentucky Fried fowl. areas she as soon as knew have vanished, bulldozed into oblivion and changed via avant-garde structure, fashionable bars, and smooth condos. the folks she as soon as knew have replaced, too, for higher or for worse. thoughts are in all places. by way of looking for previous neighbors and neighbors, Jan Wong uncovers tantalizing clues in regards to the lady she wronged. She realizes her inner most fears and regrets have been justified. yet Yin herself is still elusive–until the day she telephones Jan Wong.
Emotionally robust and wealthy with aspect, Beijing Confidential weaves jointly 3 certain stories–Wong’s trip from regret to redemption, Yin’s trip from shame to respectability, and Beijing’s wonderful trip from communism to capitalism.
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Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found by Jan Wong