I Chose China: The Metamorphosis of a Country and a Man

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9780781807593: I Chose China: The Metamorphosis of a Country and a Man

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"Phoenix was more than a wife to me. She was an integral part of China, a continual stream that flowed between China and me, the essence of a people, a culture, a society. It was thanks to her that I was able to adapt and live contentedly in a China which became my China. To love Phoenix was to love a Dragon. Understanding and loving the Chinese Dragon made me love and appreciate my Chinese Phoenix all the more . . .

I have tried in these pages to tell something of what it was like to be a particle in the centrifuge that created one of the most momentous changes in Chinese history. Can my miniscule presence have had even a shade of impact? I would like to think it has. Certainly the influence of the Chinese revolution on China and the world is beyond question . . .

I hope, in the time that remains, to continue doing my bit. I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity."

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"I have tried in these pages to tell something of what it is like to be a particle in the centrifuge that created one of the most momentous changes in Chinese history," writes Shapiro, a Jewish lawyer from New York, and a contemporary of the Westerners such as Edgar Snow (author the classic Red Star Over China) who fell under the Communist country's spell in the 1940s. In 1947, at age 32, Shapiro traveled to China to perfect his Yale University-learned Chinese, and fell in love with Mao's revolution and with Phoenix, a Chinese actress, writer and revolutionary, whom he married in 1948; in 1963, he became a Chinese citizen. While Phoenix traveled with her political work, Shapiro raised their daughter (who now attends college in the U.S.), wrote about Jews in China and witnessed many major events, such as the Cultural Revolution, the purge of the Gang of Four and the Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy. In sharp contrast to Chinese expatriates who have come to the U.S. bearing stories of oppression, this expatriate American (who has visited the U.S. six times since his initial departure) retains the idealistic fervor that gripped many Western radicals in the 1960s: "Certainly the influence of the Chinese revolution on China and the world is beyond question. It has brought a better life for the Chinese people, a better chance of peace and prosperity for people of other lands." Even though Phoenix died in 1996, Shapiro plans, at age 84, to remain there. This rare firsthand account by an American of China's transformation in the last 50 years will fascinate anyone interested in this great unfolding story. (Jan.)
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Descrizione libro Hippocrene Books, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Reprint Edition.. 355 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. CHINA. Armed with the limited conversational Chinese he learned in the U.S. Army during World War II, Sidney Shapiro, a New York lawyer, arrives in Shanghai in 1947 for "a look around." He ends up spending the rest of his life in China. A foreigner in an alien land, he falls in love with Phoenix, a Chinese beauty and active revolutionary. Entranced by Chinese culture and society, he gradually becomes deeply and personally involved in highly dramatic developmentsÑthe defeat of the Chiang Kai-shek dictatorship and the establishment of the People's Republic, Land Reform, the Korean War, the break with the Soviet Union, the war in Vietnam, communes and the Big Leap Forward, the "Cultural Revolution," the Tiananmen square protest, economic reforms, the opening to the West, and troubled U.S.-China relations. Through it all runs the theme of an unusual loveÑfor a Phoenix and a Dragon. Phoenix, Sidney Shapiro's marriage partner of nearly 50 years, teaches him to appreciate the Chinese Dragon. His understanding of the Chinese Dragon intensifies his love for the charming, tempestuous Phoenix. The small bobbing craft of Shapiro's personal, intellectual, and emotional development is swept along on the surging socio-political tides of the last half of the twentieth century. At the age of eighty-plus, after more than fifty years in China, Sidney Shapiro has been able to see the whole pictureÑand savor it to the hilt. Speaking from an inside vantage not available to many, he tells a warmly fond yet coolly objective story of his adopted land. (Key Words: Memoirs, Chinese History, China, Sidney Shapiro). book. Codice libro della libreria 71138X1

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