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A River by the Window: China Remembered-bookcover

By: Bing Yu

A River by the Window: China Remembered

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A River by the Window: China Remembered is a family saga of life during China’s tumultuous history from the late 1950s. Set amidst the purges and denunciations and exiles, and the terror of the Great Cultural Revolution through to the so-called ‘Great 1980s’, are the human stories of how families and individuals coped with the crises that overtook them. Human life went on; there were births and deaths and marriages, loves bloomed and friendships formed, careers were pursued and happiness sought. It traverses China from north to south, from east to west, to the ‘Open Door’ policies of Deng Xiaoping. This allowed China access to much western culture, with its liberal values and social trends, such as an appreciation of individualism, sexual liberation, western music and fashions, all fertile soil for germinating the seeds of democratic values and ideas, with this, in turn, leading to further gradual social change.

Bing Yu is a poet, novelist and journalist, whose works have been published in China, Hong Kong, Australia and the USA. Born in Harbin, he grew up in various places around China, migrating to Australia in 1990. His notable publications include his poem collection Conversations with a Heavenly Bird, a long feature The Soul of Hillary Clinton, and numerous articles, essays, travel journals and novellas.

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