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The Chinese Box

New, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 9628783068 / ISBN 13: 9789628783069
Published by Asia 2000 Limited/An Orchid Pavillion Book, Hong Kong, 2001
Condition: As New Soft cover
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158pp. Stated "First printing 2001" (of this edition; originally published as " W. H. Allen edition, 1975"). Glossy card wrappers with folded panels, illustrated with 11 small photos in an array of Chinese portraits and scenes; author name lettering in white at top front cover, above title lettering in black outlined in white. No previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004330

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Title: The Chinese Box

Publisher: Asia 2000 Limited/An Orchid Pavillion Book, Hong Kong

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:As New

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The fingers of pianists are broken for playing bourgeois music, teachers are humiliated and worse-the Cultural Revolution is in full fury on the mainland, and neighbouring Hong Kong is rife with rumors and riots.  University lecturer Dimitri Johnston has lived all his life in Hong Kong and regards it as his home, while his English wife cannot settle there. Meeting a young Chinese dancer, a refugee from the mainland, he becomes infatuated with her. But when they witness a police action against marauding demonstrators, they are both forced to confront choices that may devastate their lives.

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This is the second novel in my China Coast Trilogy, dealing with the British presence in China from its apogee  to its decline. (The others are Shanghai and A Change of Flag.) There are few other accounts of the Cultural Revolution from the perspective of Hong Kong, a city filled at that time with refugees from the mainland. That is what I found intriguing in writing the book.

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