Jan Wong is a Canadian reporter of Chinese descent. “Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now” is a detailed memoir of her years in China and her love-hate relationship with the country. The book includes: Wong’s six year stay in China during the Cultural Revolution; her initial Communist idealism which turned to disillusionment as she became aware of harsh reality; a moving account of the Tiananmen Square uprising; and her later years as a Globe and Mail correspondent during the capitalist reform.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
We found this a fascinating glimpse into a country that few westerners experience. No detail is left out -from toilets to penis extensions -we get the whole story. Wong’s style is familiar and chatty, although some members found her personality overwhelming at times. We concluded that the book would have been more enjoyable if Wong had been less self-absorbed.