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Things That Must Not Be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China

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Synopsis:

Young David, son of his father's Swiss second wife, has been brought up first by servants and then by an English step-mother. The Japanese invasion destroys the Eurasian world of privilege in which he lives. His father serves in the pro-Japanese government while secretly, perilously, working for the Resistance. David, sent away to school, is taunted as a half-caste by the now openly xenophobic Chinese. After Japan's surrender, his father is imprisoned and reviled, in scenes foreshadowing those of Mao's Cultural Revolution, until he can clear himself. As the clash between Communists and Nationalists threatens to engulf China, twelve-year-old David is spirited out of the country alone, not knowing if he will ever see his family again.

Like J. G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun, this is an account of war's perils and life's betrayals, seen through the eyes of a bewildered youth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569472484
Subtitle:
(a childhood in wartime China )
Author:
Kwan, Michael David
Publisher:
Soho Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 19
Series Volume:
00-442
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
x, 244 p.
Dimensions:
9.27x6.23x1.02 in. 1.50 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » Revolutionary 1911 to 1949
History and Social Science » World History » China

Things That Must Not Be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China
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Product details x, 244 p. pages Soho Press - English 9781569472484 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Young David, son of his father's Swiss second wife, has been brought up first by servants and then by an English step-mother. The Japanese invasion destroys the Eurasian world of privilege in which he lives. His father serves in the pro-Japanese government while secretly, perilously, working for the Resistance. David, sent away to school, is taunted as a half-caste by the now openly xenophobic Chinese. After Japan's surrender, his father is imprisoned and reviled, in scenes foreshadowing those of Mao's Cultural Revolution, until he can clear himself. As the clash between Communists and Nationalists threatens to engulf China, twelve-year-old David is spirited out of the country alone, not knowing if he will ever see his family again.

Like J. G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun, this is an account of war's perils and life's betrayals, seen through the eyes of a bewildered youth.

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