China Witness : Voices from a Silent Generation, Paperback

China Witness : Voices from a Silent Generation Paperback


China Witness is the personal testimony of a generation whose stories have not yet been told.

Here the grandparents and great-grandparents of today sum up in their own words - for the first and perhaps the last time - the vast changes that have overtaken China's people over a century.

The book is at once a journey by the author through time and place, and a memorial to those who have lived through war and civil war, persecution, invasion, revolution, famine, modernization, Westernization - and have survived into the 21st century.

We meet everyday heroes, now in their seventies, eighties and nineties, from across this vast country - a herb woman at a market, retired teachers, a legendary 'double-gun woman', Red Guards, oil pioneers, an acrobat, a female general, a lantern maker, taxi drivers, and more- those whose voices, as Xinran says, 'will help our future understand our past'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, Illustrations (some col.), map, ports. (some col.)
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780099501480



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