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correct Ying s spying on foreign friends on behalf of the PRC and it also didn t paint China Ying s spying on foreign friends on behalf of the PRC and it also didn t paint China a very dark light Oftentimes many books about China and the Cultural Revolution create a very black and white picture of who is good and who is bad Ying Claire s collaboration showed that oftentimes in periods of upheaval there are many many shades of grey I felt that at times there could have been historical background on some of the vents mentioned by YRC or Dr Conceison I personally was able to know what the movements were based on my own previous knowledge of Chinese history but for someone new to the subject they may be a little confused Overall a truly incredible read and an amazing story I thoroughly njoyed it and commend Dr Conceison on remaining true to the late Ying Ruo Cheng s wishes for the book The ma. Family Cheng s wishes for the book The ma. Family also details his xperiences as a university student during the heady days when the People's Republic was being founded followed by his subseuent xperiences on stage in film and in politics A founding member of #The Beijing People's Art Theatre #Beijing People's Art Theatre Ruocheng helped open its doors to Sino American xchange when he brought Arthur Miller to China to stage Death of a Salesman in 1983 playing the role of Willy Loman in his own translation of the play Simultaneously a spy for his own government and a cultural ambassador for countless foreigners and fellow countrymen Ying lived out. Ying Ruocheng what an incredible man Especially interesting to read having Professor Claire Conceison as a mentor director and friend An amazing though not complete story of Ying Ruocheng and his family Also a story of modern China This book was a stunning collaboration between Ying Ruo Chung and Dr Claire Conceision Right from the beginning I felt as though I was part of some inside secret life of a Chinese citizen Dr Conceison did an xcellent job of capturing Ying s dynamic witty and often mischevious character in such a way that I felt as though I was sitting in the room with Ying having a one on one conversation In terms of the historical content
"I Have Read Many Other "have read many other and autobiographies of Chinese citizens including Wild Swans and others I felt that YRC s story was truly uniue in that it touched on matters that we. Voices Carry is the moving autobiography of the late Ying Ruocheng beloved Chinese stage and screen actor theatre director translator and high ranking politician as vice minister of culture from 1986 1990 One of twentieth century China's most prominent citizens Ying was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution and devised uniue strategies for survival including playing pranks on guards and keeping a clandestine notebook Ying's memoir opens with his prison years and playing pranks on guards and keeping a clandestine notebook Ying's memoir opens with his prison years and flashes back to his boyhood growing up in a prince's palace as a member of a progressive Manchu Catholic intellectual. Nner in which the story was told starting with Ying s time in prison and then jumping forward and backward through history in order to be able to tell a complete story was I felt very representative of the way an oral history is told When conversing and telling stories our logic never flows in straight lines but rather the mention of one memories causes the recollection of another memory in a completey different circumstance I am not sure if that was the intent of the authors but I really thought it was uniue in terms of the multitude of biographies I have read
I hope to see from Dr Conceison in the future My onlyhope to see from Dr Conceison in the future My only is that Ying Ruo Cheng isn t alive to hear his story told that an the fact that I regret I never had the chance to meet him Though as a result of this book I do feel that I know him and that he and I are old friends His life as a bridge between China and the West gaining a singular perspective on matters related to culture and politics While suffering from cirrhosis of the liver during the "final decade of his life Ying Ruocheng reflected on his xperiences collaborating with coauthor Claire "decade of his life Ying Ruocheng reflected on his xperiences collaborating with coauthor Claire to tell his story Together they take the reader on an xhilarating Journey From Manchu Wrestling from Manchu wrestling to missionary schools from behind prison bars to behind the scenes at ground breaking stage performances and from public moments of international recognition to private moments of intimacy and despa.