Wild Grass by Ian Johnson
Three Stories of Change in Modern China

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In Wild Grass, Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Ian Johnson tells the stories of three ordinary Chinese citizens moved to extraordinary acts of courage: a peasant legal clerk who filed a class-action suit on behalf of overtaxed farmers, a young architect who defended the rights of dispossessed homeowners, and a bereaved woman who tried to find out why her elderly mother had been beaten to death in police custody. Representing the first cracks in the otherwise seamless façade of Communist Party control, these small acts of resistance demonstrate the unconquerable power of the human conscience and prophesy an increasingly open political future for China.


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About Ian Johnson

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Ian Johnson is the Berlin Bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. In 2001, when he was the Journal's Beijing correspondent, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Falun Gong. He lives in Berlin.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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(The author won a Pulitzer in 2001 for his reporting on Falun Gong.) Johnson’s defense of Falun Gong, which blends calisthenics and meditation to improve both health and moral righteousness, is compelling, his rejection of the government’s efforts to equate movement leader Master Li with Jim Jone...

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These three intimate case studies explore how China's recent reforms have opened avenues for dissent.

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Asian Review of Books

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Hutchinson Leader

It ends in December, “We look toward spring but on the way, we get a great deal of joy out of such things as a warm house, a good woodpile and a world of silver outside.” “The Stillmeadow Road,” by Gladys Taber is available where second-hand books are sold.

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