China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.Da Chen was born in China in 1962 The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China In school, Da was an excellent student until a teacher told him that, because of his family sA candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.Da Chen was born in China in 1962 The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China In school, Da was an excellent student until a teacher told him that, because of his family s crimes, he could never be than a poor farmer Feeling his fate was hopeless, Da responded by dropping out and hanging around with a gang However, after Mao s death, Da realized that an education and college might be possible, but he had to make up for the time he d wasted He began to study all day and into the night His entire family rallied to help him succeed, working long hours in the rice fields and going into debt to ensure that Da would have an education When the final exam results were posted, he had one of the highest scores in the region and had earned a place at the prestigious Beijing University Now his family s past would not harm their future.From the Hardcover edition.
China s Son Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain published by Random House Da Chen was born in China in The grandson

  • Title: China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution
  • Author: Da Chen
  • ISBN: 9780440229261
  • Page: 366
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    Da Chen

    Da Chen born in 1962 in Fujian, China is a Chinese author whose works include Brothers, China s Son, Sounds of the River, Sword, and Colors of the Mountain A graduate of Beijing Language and Culture University and Columbia Law School, Da Chen lived in the Hudson Valley in New York but has recently moved to Torrance, California with his wife, the paranormal romance author Sunni, and two children Brothers has been awarded best book of 2006 by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald and Publishers Weekly from

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    • Tarn Potter said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      Is it too late to know about Cultural Revolution in China in period of Chairman Mao, 1966?If yes, it is my personal fault. I am a Thai pampered girl who never opens her eyes, seeing something’s near and valuable but swinging her eyes on something beyond and hard to reach to then was suffered.If no, it is my turn to repay it by reviewing this book, China's Son; growing up in the Cultural Revolution, to make it is part of my beautiful memories.China’s son was found in Flinders University libra [...]

    • Reid said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      The interesting story of growing up in the Cultural Revolution.Da Chen's family was outcast during this time because they had been landlords. Da Chen tells what it was like for his family and himself to fight off the discrimination and humiliation at the hands of neighbors and townspeople because of his family and his background.Humorous at times, gut wrenching at other times this is an honest book about the human struggle to survive in really tough times.Da and his brother Jin found a way out f [...]

    • Mabel said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      During the 1950s and 1960s, China faced a time of revolution. Communist became the most common and trust belief while previously rich landlords were now treated as outcasts. Da Chen's family had previously been wealthy (during his grandfather's time) but by his birth his family no longer had the wealth or status that they previously had. As his family was treated as an outcast by society Da decided to drop out of school and join a gang secretly. This lifestyle continued but when Communist Party [...]

    • Jill said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This is a memoir with twists as convoluted as real life - despair, hope, irresponsibility, and dedication take their turns. The end result is a not altogether comfortable story of growing up in 1970s China. Unlike many memoirs or biographies, China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolutionis written in a smooth, easy-to-read narrative style.This book contains alcohol consumption, smoking, and swearing.

    • Jenny said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      Biography of Da Chen growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. He comes from a dispsed landlord family, and struggles against that prejudice. He is tormented in school and almost leaves repeatedly. He becomes friends with the town juvenile delinquents and has a future of farming to look forward to. Then an opportunity to take the college entrance exam comes along, and Da Chen must make up for lost time if he is to have any hope of a brighter future.

    • Amy Young said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      I've got to stop trolling for Kindle library books! I hadn't realized I'd read this about ten years ago. I liked it better then.

    • Rakianshai said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      The Chinese "Great Proletartian Cultural Revolution" from the view of a country boy who is the son of a former landlord.

    • Mohamed Omran said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      The interesting story of growing up in the Cultural Revolution.Da Chen's family was outcast during this time because they had been landlords. Da Chen tells what it was like for his family and himself to fight off the discrimination and humiliation at the hands of neighbors and townspeople because of his family and his background.Humorous at times, gut wrenching at other times this is an honest book about the human struggle to survive in really tough times.Da and his brother Jin found a way out f [...]

    • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This author is going on my "read everything you can get your hands on" list. The author and I are the same age, and I remember reading a little--a very little--about the evils of the Cultural Revolution in the magazines my grassroots-rural-American parents bought, such as Reader's Digest. It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I picked up this book, wondering if I was going to find disturbing depictions of inhumanity and violence. I had forgotten for a moment that to a child, what they gr [...]

    • Cynthia said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      I found this book to be unbelievable because never in my life had I heard a story that was this captivating and motivating during the Cultural Revolution. Da Chen, the author of this book wrote this book based upon his true life experience and his struggle of growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Da Chen started describing his life of how he was treated during the revolution. He was the landlord's son so all the poor farmers and people hated those who are rich at Yellow Stone. The poor woul [...]

    • Brad Chuck said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      Very easy to read & entertaining story of the follies of youth & redemption of hard work.

    • SundanceAnn said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      There was definitely a "Woe is me" theme that made me distrust the integrity of the memior. I'm not accusing the author of lying about his past, but it seemed very one-sided, as those the author picked out details he liked and left out the ones he didn'tere was a repetition of the author being very smart, but other people were jealous so they put him down and drove him from the school. then the author tried really hard and did well.Usually I love underdog memoirs (the Glass Castle and Black Boy [...]

    • Zach said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This was a really inspiring book. Da Chen started a out as a landlords son, which was looked down upon in Chinas society at the time during the cultural revolution. He went back and forth from focusing on school, to focusing on music or gambling with friends. In the end he decides he wants to go to school. He has to work really hard to get his grades back up and decides he wants to try to go to college. To do this he must work and study everyday and night. In the end he acheives his goal as does [...]

    • Melanie said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This book was pretty interesting, but I have to say I expected a bit more solid ground here regarding how was the political situation in China. Still, I enjoyed the cultural aspects of China that Da Chen subtly included as part of his daily life's description. This book is not focused in the historical aspects of the Cultural Revolution era, but more like a memoir of his youth in China during those years until he managed to get into the university.

    • Josie said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      *****DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!!! IT CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!*****It wasn't bad, but it was also a little confusing. It's well-written, but it just isn't my favorite book. I liked it, though! It was sad, but Da eventually went to college in the end, which made me happy.

    • Viviana said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This is a tear jerking true story about a poor boy named Da born in the terrible year called the Great Starvation from the cause of a bad leader. Da's change of education seems impossible so he finds himself part of a gang that just wants to have fun. Then Moa (the leader) dies and education becomes possible again.

    • Mackenzie Woo said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This book was about the life of author Da Chen during the Cultural Revolution. Chen writes his story showing his mistakes to teach life lessons for readers. Also, you learn about the lifestyle of the people and how they were treated in China.

    • Hannah said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      A great memoir. I enjoyed reading about Da's adventures and wouldn't hesitate to pick up anything else he's written. It would be interesting to pair this book alongside Ji-Li Jiang's "The Red Scarf Girl' for a look a life in communist China during the Cultural Revolution.

    • Sue said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      An interesting memoir showing what it was like growing up in China during their 'cultural revolution.'

    • Suzanne Libra said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      An interesting memior of growing up in the Cultural Revolution.

    • Brooke said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      I really liked this book. It was sad but had a great meaning about how important family and education is.

    • Katherine said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      Interesting offset to Li Cunxin's "Mao's Last Dancer". A grittier story.

    • Peter Fitzpatrick said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      I'm usually not a fan of historical non-fiction novels, but this one had some value in it because of extreme opression by Mao Ze Dung. I liked it, though it was a pain at some times

    • Tiffany said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      A very optimistic and dedicated man.

    • Rachel said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      The author Da Chen had a ruff time growing up.

    • Tristi said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This one is not an easy read, but I learned a lot from it and considered it well worth my time.

    • Dawn Dao said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      This book was very interesting. It is nice to learn about a life during the cultural revolution. Not really a literature book but its good for history related subjects.

    • Claire Cousineau said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      It was pretty good considering it was a memoir, but it was a school book. I wouldn't have read it otherwise. It is sad, but a book about hope, and following your dream.

    • Sue said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:30 PM

      incredible true story.

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