Scholar and the Tiger: A Memoir of Famine and War in Revolutionary China David Wen-wei Chang

ISBN: 9781282496187

Published: May 4th 2010

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171 pages


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Scholar and the Tiger: A Memoir of Famine and War in Revolutionary China  by  David Wen-wei Chang

Scholar and the Tiger: A Memoir of Famine and War in Revolutionary China by David Wen-wei Chang
May 4th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 171 pages | ISBN: 9781282496187 | 7.37 Mb

The Scholar and the Tiger is at once a compelling family saga, thriller, social history, and spiritual journey. Written by a noted China scholar, assisted by a writer friend, the story brings to life a tumultuous period in Chinese history whileMoreThe Scholar and the Tiger is at once a compelling family saga, thriller, social history, and spiritual journey. Written by a noted China scholar, assisted by a writer friend, the story brings to life a tumultuous period in Chinese history while providing surprising insights into Chinas emergence as a global power.

Wen-wei Chang was born in 1929 as famine gripped northern China, taking the lives of countless peasants, including his father. Only his iron-willed mother kept the family alive. The eldest son, Wen-po, joined the army. Eighteen years Wen-weis senior, Wen-po fought bandits, opium smugglers, the Japanese, and Maos Communists, becoming known as Tiger Chang.Meanwhile, Wen-wei--a brilliant scholar from childhood--seemed destined for a career in the age-old mandarin tradition of civil service.

But civil war intervened, forcing him to evacuate his ill mother and two sisters-in-law and their children only days before the Communists reached Beijing. In Shanghai, they were reunited with Wen-po, now a leading Guomindang general who commanded the citys final defenses. Wen-wei refused evacuation to Taiwan, insisting on caring for his mother and making the best life he could under the Communists. But a day after the occupation of the city, a terrified friend told Wen-wei that Wen-po had been left behind and was hiding in the friends apartment, putting all of their lives at risk.What follows has all the drama of a spy novel: narrow escapes and rescues, treachery and blackmail, and a final wrenching irony that would tear Wen-wei from his family and homeland.

Only after thirty years in America, with a new life as university professor David Chang, is he allowed to return to China to learn the fate of his mother and loved ones--and perhaps to heal his broken heart.



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