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Author Tong, Scott, author.

Title A village with my name : a family history of China's opening to the world / Scott Tong.

Publication Info. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  305.8951 TONG    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.8951 TONG    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.895 TON    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  305.8951 TONG    Check Shelf
Description xvii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-243).
Contents The great opening -- Secrets of the Tong village -- Revenge of the peasants from Tong East -- Foreign exchange: student life, Tokyo wife -- The Nanjing Glee Club and a revolution for girls -- Genealogies and corrections: we regret the error -- The Communist mole in the school -- The great interruption -- The day the Japanese war devils came -- Lost and found: grandmother's voice on cassette -- The wartime collaborator in our family -- From prison to Mao's Gulag -- The brother left behind in the war -- Cursed by overseas relation -- The great resumption -- My cousin and his Shanghai Buick -- Lonely and smothered: the only child -- Daughters for sale -- Epilogue.
Summary "When journalist Scott Tong moved to Shanghai, his assignment was to start up the first full-time China bureau for “Marketplace,” the daily business and economics program on public radio stations across the United States. But for Tong the move became much more—it offered the opportunity to reconnect with members of his extended family who had remained in China after his parents fled the communists six decades prior. By uncovering the stories of his family’s history, Tong discovered a new way to understand the defining moments of modern China and its long, interrupted quest to go global. A Village with My Name offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people who have witnessed such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan’s occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass death and famine during the Great Leap Forward, market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, and the dawn of the One Child Policy. Tong’s story focuses on five members of his family, who each offer a specific window on a changing country: a rare American-educated girl born in the closing days of the Qing Dynasty, a pioneer exchange student, an abandoned toddler from World War II who later rides the wave of China’s global export boom, a young professional climbing the ladder at a multinational company, and an orphan (the author’s daughter) adopted in the middle of a baby-selling scandal fueled by foreign money. Through their stories, Tong shows us China anew, visiting former prison labor camps on the Tibetan plateau and rural outposts along the Yangtze, exploring the Shanghai of the 1930s, and touring factories across the mainland. With curiosity and sensitivity, Tong explores the moments that have shaped China and its people, offering a compelling and deeply personal take on how China became what it is today."--Amazon.
Subject Tong family.
Tong family. (OCoLC)fst00230532
Families -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Chinese American families -- History -- 20th century.
China -- History -- 20th century.
Chinese American families. (OCoLC)fst00857234
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Cultural property.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780226338866 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
022633886X (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
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