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Behind the Forbidden Door: Travels in Unknown China

Terzani, Tiziano

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ISBN 10: 003008508X / ISBN 13: 9780030085086
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1986
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270 p. Map. The author was one of the first Western journalists to be accredited in China after Deng Ziaoping opened China to foreigners in 1980. He spent four years in Peking with his family and travelled as a Chinese. His eye-opening reports brought home to the West the faces of China hidden from tourists and outsiders. He was subsequently arrested and sent for 're-education", and then expelled from the country. This is his compelling account of the 'liberalization' of China. Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight edge wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 64581

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Title: Behind the Forbidden Door: Travels in ...

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First printing thus.

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Among the first Western journalists accredited in the People's Republic of China, the author lived in China in the Chinese manner, taking a Chinese name and sending his children to Chinese schools, and here reports on his extensive travels across the country

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While a student at Columbia University in the 1960s, Terzani, who was born and raised in Italy, came to believe so deeply in the Maoist goal of creating a socialist utopia that he became fluent in Chinese, adopted a Chinese name and applied to the Chinese government for permission to move to the People's Republic, which was granted in 1980. This volume chronicles his four years there and his disillusionment not only with Mao's regime, but with Deng Xiaoping's as well. He describes the destruction of much of China's cultural legacybuildings, shrines, artworkfrom Peking to the outermost provinces; the rampant pollution; discrimination against minorities, notably Tibetans; the loss to the people of many traditional amenities (Mao termed pets "bourgeois indulgences" and had the animals killed). Terzani argues that Western views of Deng as a liberal ruler guiding his nation along a capitalist road are naive; that Deng's overriding goal is the maintenance of party control; that his chief modernization has been the streamlining of the police apparatus along the lines of the KGB. As a result of the reports on China he published in European journals, Terzani was arrested and expelled from the country. He concludes, "The Chinese remain the greatest illusionists in the world. Only the illusion changes." Terzani is now der Spiegel's Far Eastern correspondent, based in Tokyo. (August 11)OOD MORNING, I'M JOAN
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