This memoir offers a rare insight into everyday life during the first year of the reform movement that created the China of the twenty-first century. The book interweaves personal encounters with records of the democracy movement in Shanghai, revealing a vast outpouring of grievances by ordinary people at a time of dramatic social change.
‘To truly understand China, it is important to remember how much it has changed in the last forty years.’ – Jocelyn Chey, AM, Visiting Professor, University of Sydney; Cultural Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Beijing, 1975–78
‘Anne McLaren’s record of the protest movement in Shanghai is both captivating and historically valuable.’ – Beverley Hooper, Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield
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