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China in Ten Words by Yu Hua
China in Ten Words

laogongtutu, January 19, 2012

Since I married my wife in Chengdu, Sichuan, China in February 3, 2005 I have visited China 6 times, never for less than a month or more. I have also traveled to some of the different areas in Yunnan, Guandong,Hainan and my wife's home province, Sichuan. I have also become fascinated with the history, culture, and especially the modern literature written since reform and opening began. I have always considered Yu Hua as China's most intelligent, moving, and at times hilariously comic authors. This book uses 10 words to illustrate the changes since his boyhood as the Cultural Revolution began. Chinese is such a rich source of meanings that seems to bring out the peoples ability to say so much often in few words, and it's many opportunities for word play as the same word in the pinyin system can have many different meanings with only the 4 tonal choices used in putonghua, or the common Mandarin that is the official language of China to distinguish different meanings. Equally important is the context in which it is used, much more important than in English language. He uses this unique approach to explain the changes the last 30 years or more have brought to China, and also gives insight in how this allows people whose speech rights are restricted to express their often critical, or disparaging opinions of officials, the CCP, and China's people themselves. A fascinating book of essays that should interest anyone in exploring his fiction that has been released in English such as "Brothers", "To Live", and "Chronicles of a Blood Merchant". He deserves to be China's first resident winner of the Nobel prize for literature and this is one of the best non-fiction books on China I have read.
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