The Early Arrival of Dreams: A Year in China

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 325 pages
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One year before the protests in Tiananmen Square, Rosemary Mahoney participated in a teaching exchange between Harvard and Hangzhou University. At Hangzhou she was able to overcome her students' usual rigidity and achieve a rare and intimate glimpse of their culture and their attitudes. This remarkable memoir captures both the dreams and the grim realities her Chinese students faced within the confines of an oppressive political regime.
 

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Mahoney's book has the form of books such as Mark Saltzman's Iron and Silk ( LJ 2/1/87, and one of LJ 's "Best Books of 1987''): the teacher or student abroad discovers Chinese society as seen through ... Read full review

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I found the constant repetitions of the soddy, dirty conditions very depressing. Read full review

Contents

YANG SHIREN M
14
BUILDING AND BUFFALO M
24
MING YU
35
CORRECT GOALS
46
A PROMISING PARTY
58
IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
74
HUANG THE FAT
85
THE EARLY ARRIVAL OF DREAMS
97
MAKE WAY FOR MEN WHO LOOK
185
A LIFE IN THE COUNTRY
198
JAPAN
208
A NEW COAT
230
PROFESSOR LI
236
RED NOISE
256
THE ENGINEERING COLLEGE
275
CAO TRANSLATOR OF NOVELS
283

DR FU
107
IN THE CITY
124
SHANGHAI
135
WAKE UP FROM NIGHTMARE
158
YU XING
176
EXAMINATION
293
THE EAST IS RED
312
POSTSCRIPT
320
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ROSEMARY MAHONEY is the author of Whoredom in Kimmage, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the New York Times Notable Book The Early Arrival of Dreams. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, she lives in Rhode Island.

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