Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Another Swimmer"

"Without question, the Cultural Revolution that roiled the country from 1966 through 1976 was one of the biggest disasters in modern China’s history. And yet a question continues to bother me: How should I evaluate the role of its many well-meaning young participants, such as my sister?" 

My chapter in Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, edited by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Angilee Shah, is excerpted at the UC Press site. Check it out here:  "Another Swimmer"

Related reading:  "Swimming with Mao" (in Walrus)

6 comments:

Stephanie Sanders said...
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Xujun Eberlein said...

Stephanie, I'm not sure if you really read my blog post or just wanted to advertize your business. Please note that in the future any comments with ad links will be removed.

Other Lisa said...

This is fantastic. I love your essays and am glad to see them published in a broader forum. Looking forward to more, and to that detailed memoir of your own life!

Xujun Eberlein said...

Thank you, Lisa! I look forward to reading your new novel, too!

vernezze said...

Nice to be back in U.S. and to be able to read your blog. "Swimming with Mao"is a hauntingly beautiful piece. Chills ran up my spine when I read the part about you having to compose letters on behalf of your dead sister in order to prevent your grandmother from learning the truth. Thanks for providing the link.

Xujun Eberlein said...

Hi Peter, welcome back, and thanks for reading! When you get a chance, could you please drop me a note about your new adventure in China?