China's Son by Da Chen
Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

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A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.

Da Chen was born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China. In school, Da was an excellent student until a teacher told him that, because of his “family’s crimes,” he could never be more than a poor farmer. Feeling his fate was hopeless, Da responded by dropping out and hanging around with a gang. However, after Mao’s death, Da realized that an education and college might be possible, but he had to make up for the time he’d wasted. He began to study–all day and into the night. His entire family rallied to help him succeed, working long hours in the rice fields and going into debt to ensure that Da would have an education. When the final exam results were posted, he had one of the highest scores in the region and had earned a place at the prestigious Beijing University. Now his family’s past would not harm their future.


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About Da Chen

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DA CHEN grew up in China and graduated from Columbia University Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Brothers, Da Chen's acclaimed first work of fiction, made the 2006 best book lists at the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly. Other books include the New York Times bestselling memoir Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River, Wandering Warrior and China's Son.
 
Published February 19, 2009 by Laurel Leaf. 228 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Adapted from his work published for adults, Colors of the Mountain (1999), this autobiography of a landlord’s son growing up as a pariah in his village in the ’60s is gripping and funny.

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Adapted for young adults, from the author's adult memoir Colors of the Mountain, this coming-of-age tale traces Chen's boyhood in Maoist China as the grandson of former landlords.

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Adapted from his adult memoir, Colors of the Mountain , this coming-of-age tale traces the author's boyhood in Maoist China as his family is stripped of property and cruelly treated.

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Adapted for young adults from Chen's memoir (Colors of the Mountain), this coming-of-age tale traces the author's boyhood in Maoist China.

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