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Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China

A deeply personal and shocking look at how China is coming to terms with its conflicted past as it emerges into a modern, cutting-edge superpower. Through the stories of three generations of women in her family, Karoline Kan, a former New York Times reporter based in Beijing, reveals how they navigated their way in a country beset by poverty and often-violent political unrest. As the Kans move from quiet villages to crowded towns and through the urban streets of Beijing in search of a better way of life, they are forced to confront the past and break the chains of tradition, especially those forced on women.Raw and revealing, Karoline Kan offers gripping tales of her grandmother, who struggled to make a way for her family during the Great Famine; of her mother, who defied the One-Child Policy by giving birth to Karoline; of her cousin, a shoe factory worker scraping by on 6 yuan (88 cents) per hour; and of herself, as an ambitious millennial striving to find a job--and true love--durin...

Title : Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China
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ISBN : 9780316412049
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China Reviews

  • Alex Yard

    Very interesting and informative about China. But, there's nothing unique about the author's life to the extent that she would like you to think. And, there's more than a few instances of clunky writing in this book.

    My far more eloquent explanation of the above concepts, can be found at the literary institution, RunSpotRun.com.

  • Kristine

    Under Red Skies by Karoline Kan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-March.

    Kan is inspired by tales told to her as a child in China, so she writes short stories that take place within real events that occur in China during the 1980s-2000s (One Child Policy, land reforms, restrictions on immigration within and outside of China, industrialization and economic prosperity through imports and exports, primary school and college education, cram studying, matchmaking/courtship/marriage, prowess
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