The Man on Mao's Right

The Man on Mao's Right

From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Having served Chairman Mao and the Communist leadership for two decades, and having become a key figure in China's foreign policy, Ji Chaozhu now provides a detailed account of the personalities and events that shaped today's People's Republic. Nine-year-old Ji and his family fled Japanese invaders to America in the late 1930s. Ji came of age in New York's East Village and attended Harvard University. But in 1950, he felt driven to volunteer to serve China in the Korean War. His mastery of the English language and American culture launched his improbable career, eventually winning him the role of English interpreter for China's two top leaders: Premier Zhou Enlai and Party Chairman Mao Zedong. With a unique blend of Chinese insight and American candor, Ji paints insightful portraits of the architects of modern China. Today, he says, "The Chinese know America better than the Americans know China. The risk is that we misperceive each other."
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, 2008
Additional Contributors: Dietz, Norman
Tantor Media

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Jan 02, 2013

One of the members of our Asian Literature Reading Circle recommended this book, especially the Audiobook CD version, for discussion at our next meeting, and I am so thankful. Ji frankly expresses his thoughts, observations and at times foibles in an interesting and humourous manner. He is brave, unique and has integrity. I am enjoying (audio) reading Chinese history through the life of Ji Chaozhu.

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