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The Resource The scholar and the tiger : a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China, David Wen-wei Chang and Alden R. Carter

The scholar and the tiger : a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China, David Wen-wei Chang and Alden R. Carter

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The scholar and the tiger : a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China
Title
The scholar and the tiger
Title remainder
a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China
Statement of responsibility
David Wen-wei Chang and Alden R. Carter
Title variation
Memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Scholar and the Tiger is at once a compelling family saga, thriller, social history, and spiritual journey. Written by a noted China scholar, assisted by a writer friend, the story brings to life a tumultuous period in Chinese history while providing surprising insights into China's emergence as a global power. Wen-wei Chang was born in 1929 as famine gripped northern China, taking the lives of countless peasants, including his father. Only his iron-willed mother kept the family alive. The eldest son, Wen-po, joined the army. Eighteen years Wen-wei's senior, Wen-po fought bandits, opium smugglers, the Japanese, and Mao's Communists, becoming known as "Tiger Chang." Meanwhile, Wen-wei-a brilliant scholar from childhood-seemed destined for a career inthe age-old mandarin tradition of civil service. But civil war intervened, forcing him to evacuate his ill mother and two sisters-in-law and their children only days before the Communists reached Beijing. In Shanghai, they were reunited with Wen-po, now a leading Guomindang general who commanded the city's final defenses. Wen-wei refused evacuation to Taiwan, insisting on caring for his mother and making the best life he could under the Communists. But a day after the occupation of the city, a terrified friend told Wen-wei that Wen-po had been left behind and was hiding in the friend's apartment, putting all of their lives at risk. What follows has all the drama of a spy novel: narrow escapes and rescues, treachery and blackmail, and a final wrenching irony that would tear Wen-wei from his family and homeland. Only after thirty years in America, with a new life as university professor David Chang, is he allowed to return to China to learn the fate of his mother and loved ones-and perhaps to heal his broken heart."--Publisher's web site
Biography type
autobiography
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322874
Cataloging source
DLC
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1929-
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Chang, David W.
Dewey number
  • 951.04/2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS734.9.C3
LC item number
A3 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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Carter, Alden R
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True
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  • Chang, David W
  • Sinologists
  • Chang family
  • China
Target audience
adult
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a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China
Label
The scholar and the tiger : a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China, David Wen-wei Chang and Alden R. Carter
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
The lucky daughter -- The enduring cycle -- The frustrated scholar -- Famine -- The good student -- The tiger -- The wise mother -- The tiger at bay -- Exile -- America and the prodigal's return
Control code
ocn262737512
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 171 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780742557611
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043714
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)262737512
Label
The scholar and the tiger : a memoir of famine and war in revolutionary China, David Wen-wei Chang and Alden R. Carter
Publication
Contents
The lucky daughter -- The enduring cycle -- The frustrated scholar -- Famine -- The good student -- The tiger -- The wise mother -- The tiger at bay -- Exile -- America and the prodigal's return
Control code
ocn262737512
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 171 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780742557611
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008043714
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)262737512

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