This is a book about love, life and work in China. Reporting on everything from a peasant tax revolt to a modern opium den, Jan Wong distills the most memorable experiences of her six years as a foreign correspondent in China in the 1980s and 1990s. Her unique perspective is shaped by her earlier life as a foreign student in Beijing in the 1970s when she became the first Canadian to study there during the Cultural Revolution.
A brilliant and humorous behind-the-scenes look at China as it transformed itself from a rigidly controlled communist country to a freewheeling economic dynamo.
The 1999 Cogent/Benger Productions documentary, “Jan Wong’s Forbidden China,” was filmed during the research for this book.
Praise for Jan Wong's China, Reports from a Not-So-Foreign Correspondent
"A marvellous window opening -- on to an enigmatic society."
-The National Post
"A rich selection of China's people, places and anecdotes."
-The Globe and Mail
"A valuable first-person account of life, death and politics in a still-mysterious and troubled Asian giant."
-The Edmonton Journal