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The author recounts his experiences as a teacher in northern China, and describes how government restraints have caused and finally crushed the democracy movement of the students
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A native of Wisconsin, Richard Terrill is the author of a collection of poems, Coming Late to Rachmaninoff (published by the University of Tampa Press), winner of he Minnesota Book Award, and a memoir about his experiences as Jazz Musician, Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Wisconsin and Minnesota State Art Boards, the Jerome Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His essays, poems, and translations from the Chinese have appeared widely in journals such as North American Review, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, and The Writer’s Chronicle. He has taught as a Fulbright professor in China, Korea, and Poland, and currently teaches creative nonfiction and poetry writing at the MFA program at Minnesota State University. He lives in Minneapolis and works as a jazz saxophone player with the Larry McDonough Quartet.From Publishers Weekly:
In what might have been a revealing glimpse of pre-Tiananmen Square China, the author, who spent 1985-1986 teaching English in the northern city of Baoding, repeats his main message--in itself reasonable--until it wears tiresomely thin: the government is responsible for everything disagreeable in China, from idiotically inappropriate jobs assigned to the university-educated to the condition of the campus dining-hall tables which, "unwiped after weeks of meals," are pushed aside on Saturday nights to make room for ballroom dancing. Terrill finds the dancing "a pleasure in a life of little pleasure, a life where pleasure was, and still is, viewed with suspicion." His observations are in general subverted by his regrettable posturing as a suffering outcast in a foreign land ("Few people can get beyond . . . the step of finding similarities and differences when living in another culture. Maybe some anthropologists can get beyond it; to a layman, it seems like a tough business").
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Book Description Univ of Arkansas Pr, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1557281335