Paul Ting's Bao Bao's Odyssey: From Mao's Shanghai to Capitalist Hong PDF

By Paul Ting

ISBN-10: 9881993490

ISBN-13: 9789881993496

Mischievous adolescent tune Bao Bao grows up dedicated to his kingdom lower than the stringent eyes of the Communist occasion. Precocious for his age, he has powerful innate interest. He discovers many truths that others would possibly not want him to understand. fearful to benefit extra, he is going to nice lengths to construct a robust and unlawful radio able to receiving censored frequencies, akin to the Voice of the USA broadcasting in chinese language. rigorously enjoyable his daylight hours tasks to the celebration, the boy additionally leads a hectic nightlife – similar to spying on Uncle and Auntie's bed room actions, trying to make feel of human sexuality and changing complicated mathematical strategies into uncomplicated photographs to instruct his girl-friend Dan Dan. The younger boy follows Communist doctrine obediently and enthusiastically to pursue his dream of changing into a Nobel Prize winner. while required to have interaction in such actions, he writes the main Da Zi Baos (Big personality Posters) the least bit period of time, makes the main awesome paper middle at school, energetically kills sparrows, and assumes the position of chief in team discussions. His enthusiasm is in part according to his assumption brilliant destiny lies prior to him. Then, someday he realises that, as a result of his heritage, he's and constantly might be ineligible to wait an exceptional college in his domestic kingdom. Bao Bao is devastated. All his goals are shattered. there is not any destiny sooner than him. Then, mustering all his braveness, he racks his brains to discover a fashion out of this deadlock. ultimately he makes a fateful selection that might switch his existence forever.

Born in Fuzhou, PAUL TING left China whilst he was once a pupil. Paul Ting has lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Canada and France and has a great command of English, German, Spanish and French in addition to of his local language, chinese language. He graduated from the college of Western Ontario, Canada with a B.A. (Hon.) measure in German literature. He has labored in very assorted destinations, together with an oil-rig close to the Alberta- Saskatchewan border, Canada and a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada. His occupations have diversified vastly, together with for instance operating at Lufthansa, as a working laptop or computer salesman and because the chairman of a publicly-listed corporation in Hong Kong. He has traveled to over 90 international locations and took part in a variety of adventurous journeys, starting from hitch-hiking throughout Canada (from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland). he's married with a son and a daughter.

"Paul Ting's Bao Bao's Odyssey presents worthy first-hand descriptions of way of life in Mao's China within the 1950s-early Sixties, protecting a sequence of significant political and social occasions (such because the Hundred flora crusade, the nice breakthrough move, and the famine) from a teenager's blameless but serious point of view. in the event you wish to have a greater figuring out of China's merciless 'age of revolutions,' this can be a publication worthy reading." — Chen Jian, writer of Mao's
China and the chilly warfare, Michael J. Zak Professor of historical past for US-China family, division of historical past, Cornell University

"In this splendidly illuminating ebook, Ting immerses us in Chairman Mao's China of 1958; the place his teenage protagonist confronts the Kafkaesque perceptions and misconceptions of the chilly warfare period. With an authoritative and real voice, Ting publications us throughout the lifetime of adolescent Bao Bao, whose ambition to win a Nobel Prize for technology is susceptible to being thwarted by means of his family's bourgeois history. within the top culture of old fiction, the radical leaves us imbued within the interval; and the readers will lengthy hold part of Bao Bao and his quest with us. it'd be demanding to overlook this attractive and heart-warming story." — Patricia W. gray, writer of loss of life Has one thousand Doors

"This ebook enriches our knowing of Nineteen Fifties Shanghai during the own tale of track Bao Bao." — Lee Pui-tak, President, The Asian reviews organization of Hong Kong

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