The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China's 1949 Communist revolution--a precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. Shanghai has historically been China's jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao's proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled ...
|Title||:||Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution|
|Number of Pages||:||544 pages|
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Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution Reviews
From 1931 onward, the Chinese people were confronted with continuous Japanese aggression, humiliation, occupation, and inhumanity. In Helen Zia’s new book, LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI: THE EPIC STORY OF THE CHINESE WHO FLED MAO’S REVOLUTION the author seems to begin here story in 1937 when the Japanese launched their invasion of China, however as she develops her story it is important to realize that the Japanese had their eyes on China as far back as the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5, the Twenty-On ...more
An absolutely amazing story of young children struggling through turbulent years under occupation and political turmoil. Their strong will to push forward with their lives in the most adverse situations has been well written — compiling story!!
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It is a story of resiliency and survival during the period from 1937-1957 in China. The research and details the author provides about China and the countries/factions wanting control appears exhaustive and thorough. I learned much about this part of the world and about immigrants to the US of any nationality. It's a long book, 430 pages, but well worth the read.
I couldn't put it down!
To be honest, I’m not much of a reader anymore having found it much easier to to turn on my flat screen and stream Netflix, etc., instead. However, I discovered this book when I attended a community event at which the author, Helen Zia, spoke. I didn’t know she was going to talk about her new book; I just had known of her as being famous in the Asian American community for all her work on civil rights and social justice issues and figured she would have something interesting to say about the sta ...more