Border Blackland: A Life Near The Northern Border Of China During Mao's Cultural Revolution
Border Blackland: A Life Near the Northern Border of China During Mao's Cultural Revolution
A fascinating intimate view of the life of a young girl in the fields of China during the Cultural Revolution.
- Robert Mason, author of the New York Times bestselling Vietnam memoir Chickenhawk
The lush detail and exquisitely rendered narrative moments ... of Zheng’s coming of age illuminate a world and its people that has too often remained hidden behind the walls of history. ... This book touches both heart and mind. It changed me as I read it, and it promises to haunt me for a long time to come.
- Linda Patterson Miller, Professor of English at Penn State, Abington
… chilling and poignant, frightening and touching. Border Blackland is the most unadorned and informative memoir I have ever read.
- Allen Josephs, University Research Professor, University of West Florida
“Looking back," writes Kaimei Zheng, "I realize that my family history is an intricate part of Chinese modern history."
In 1966, when she was thirteen, Kaimei Zheng saw Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution erupt across her homeland, drastically changing her family's fortunes. "Within days, black became white and white became black." Kaimei's scholar mother found...