Thirty Years in a Red House: A Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China (Paperback)

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By Zhu Xiao Di, Ross Terrill (Foreword by)
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This is the personal account of a man who grew up in China and witnessed tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. Born in Nanjing in 1958, Zhu Xiao Di was the son of idealistic, educated parents. His father and uncles joined the Communist movement in the 1930s during the Japanese occupation and were influential underground and military leaders throughout the revolution. Despite their honorable history, they fell into political disfavor by the time of the Cultural Revolution. In 1968, when Zhu was just ten years old, his mother and father were taken to different labor camps for "rehabilitation."

In the face of this injustice, the Zhus struggled to maintain family ties and uphold traditional values. Eventually, the family was reunited and restored to some measure of prominence, and a monument was later erected in Nanjing in honor of Zhu's father, Zhu Qiluan.

At the heart of this narrative are the trials of a family caught in the crosscurrents of history--from the early attractions of the Communist revolution to the national disaster that followed and the subsequent odyssey of recovery.

About the Author

Zhu Xiao DI came to the United States in 1987 to pursue graduate studies. He is a research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies in the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Praise For…

"A splendid lesson in 20th-century Chinese history."—Boston Globe

"Zhu's narrative is unique. . . . Zhu goes far beyond his family's ordeals, linking personal and family experiences to a broader comprehension of the [Chinese] nation's public history. The result is this highly readable and thoughtful illustration of Chinese society under Mao's rule."—Choice

"An engaging account of one family's triumphs and travails in Mao Tse-tung's Communist China. And Zhu's is no ordinary family. Nearly every significant event in recent Chinese history seems to have a link to a close relative."—Boston Herald

"This well-written memoir by a student of English tells of daily life from his birth in China in 1958 to his departure in 1987. . . . Engrossing and engaging."—Library Journal

"Provides a balanced and realistic view of one family's experience in post-revolutionary China. In addition to offering readers a glimpse of the personal life of a Chinese official [Zhu's father] and the ideals that inspired him, Zhu's memoir documents his own coming of age and eventual departure from a country that ultimately failed to live up to the hard-fought ideals of his father's generation."—Sampan

Product Details
ISBN: 9781558492165
ISBN-10: 155849216X
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 1999
Pages: 288
Language: English