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Mulberry Child

Ping, Jian

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ISBN 10: 0979494877 / ISBN 13: 9780979494871
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Title: Mulberry Child

Publisher: Morrison Mcnae Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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Mulberry Child is the true story of a childhood before, during, and after the Cultural Revolution in China. Jian Ping's father, a high-ranking government official, was falsely accused of treason during the Cultural Revolution-he was detained, beaten, and publicly shamed. Her mother Gu Wenxiu, a top administrator of a middle school, was paraded in public and detained by the Revolution Committee and the Red Guards-both driving forces of the Cultural Revolution. Facing abuse and deprivation, Jian Ping's family stands steadfastly together, from her aging grandmother, a frail woman with bound feet, to her parents and siblings. The traumatic impacts of their experiences shape the course of their lives forever. Based on her own memories, as well as interviews and exhaustive research, Mulberry Child is a family saga and a tale of resilience, a coming of age story told through the eyes of an innocent child. Mulberry Child allows us an insider's look into a closed-off world and is written with compassion in honest and intimate language. Testimonials "Jian Ping's book Mulberry Child is a moving account of her family's struggle to survive China's Cultural Revolution. She has in her poignant memoir helped Westerners to understand this little-known period in China's history, and put tragic and heroic faces to the individuals who suffered through that time. Mulberry Child is important reading for anyone who wants to understand where modern China has come from." --Rob Gifford, former Beijing Correspondent of NPR, and author of China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power "Jian Ping pays tribute to her parents who struggled against tremendous odds.... that she herself survived to write this memoir, and to tell it with such maturity and wisdom and forgiveness, is a tribute to her family, her generation and her nation." --Larry Engelmann, author of Feather in a Storm and Daughter of China "In Mulberry Child, Jian Ping has written a moving, important account of an extraordinary time. And she has done so with grace, acuity and a generosity of spirit. Mulberry Child is one compelling read." --Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Were No Children Here

About the Author:

Jian Ping was born and raised in China. She came to the U.S. to pursue her graduate studies in the mid 1980s. Her other publications include A Fool's Paradise (Xiwang Publishing, China, 1984), a collection of translated short stories by Isaac B. Singer, and Chinese Film Theory (Praeger, New York, 1989). Her latest book Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China tells the story of her coming of age and her family's traumatic experiences during the Cultural Revolution. It is being developed into a docu-drama film by award-winning director Susan Morgan Cooper (Director of An Unlikely Weapon: the Eddie Adams Story).

Jian Ping worked for China Film as a translator for four years in Beijing before coming to the U.S. and worked at Crown Imports, the largest beer importer in the U.S. for twenty years. She held various positions during her tenure at Crown, with the most recent as National Director of Tsingtao Beer, the best known consumer product exported from China. Now, she is President of MoraQuest, a consulting firm specializing in bridging cultural differences between the East and West. She also gives speeches at business organizations and universities on issues related to China, women's leadership, and writing.

Jian Ping was featured on Chicago Tonight Show at WTTW and the Asian American Network News in 2008. She has had more than 30 radio and newspaper interviews in recent months and reviews on Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China have appeared in World Journal, Tsing Tao News, the Chinese Daily, Asian Fortune News, Fairfield Citizen, the Courier Journal, and NPR (VA). Jian is a columnist for Asian Wisconzine and has published more than 15 articles in magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and China. She held a Ragdale residency and was a recipient of the Florence Bear Picker Fellowship from the Radgale Foundation. Jian is working on her next book in collaboration with her daughter Lisa and the title of the book is From Changchun to Chicago: A Mother and Daughter's Journey.

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