Engineering Communist China
One Man's StoryeBook - 2003
Dan Ling, a patriotic young engineer eager to help build a new China, falls afoul of the authorities and spends 17 years as a political prisoner. Rehabilitated after Deng Xiaoping came to power, Dan returns to work with unflagging determination to help provide a good life for himself and his people after enduring prison, work camps and work farms, and the primitive life of the social outcast breaking new ground on the frozen northern frontier. Lings personal story is interwoven with glimpses of rural and urban life from the 1950s to the 1970s as China fought to make the wrenching leap from a feudalistic to a modern society. Ancient practices alternate with breath-taking and misguided experimentation as the common man is called upon to stride boldly into the unknown but no doubt glorious future. Scenes of naivety, brutality, generosity and pettiness, personal bonds and vendettas, illustrate how peasants, workers and intellectuals survived in the evolving Communist system. This is an expose written without rancor, and a heartening story of faith in man's ability to progress.
Publisher: New York : Algora Pub., ©2003
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 237 pages)