Mao's Last Dancer (Movie Tie-In)

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Penguin, Jul 27, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

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Contents

PART ONE MY CHILDHOOD
HOME
MY NIANG AND
A COMMUNE CHILDHOOD
THE SEVEN OF
NANA
CHAIRMAN MAOS CLASSROOM
LEAVING HOME
THE
MY OWN VOICE
TEACHER XIAOS WORDS
TURNING POINTS
THE MANGO
CHANGE
ON THE WAY TO THE WEST
THE FILTHY CAPITALIST AMERICA

PART TWO BEIJING
FEATHER IN A WHIRLWIND
THE CAGED BIRD
THAT FIRST LONELY YEAR
GOODBYE CHINA
PART THREE THE WEST
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About the author (2010)

Li Cunxin (pronounced ?Lee Schwin Sing?) was born in 1961, in the New Village, Li Commune, near the city of Qingdao on the coast of north-east China. The sixth of seven sons in a poor rural family, Li's peasant life in Chairman Mao's communist China changed dramatically when, at the age of eleven, he was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural advisers to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. Li went on to become one of the best male dancers in the world. Li's autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer has been published in over twenty countries. A children's version of the book was released in 2005 and a feature-length film was released in 2009. He is now a senior manager in a major stockbroking firm and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife Mary and their three children, Sophie, Tom and Bridie.

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