Cover

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Frontmatter

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Author's Note

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pp. vii-viii

Like most writers who deal with contemporary China,I've disguised some people. Wu Fusan is not the man's real name, nor is Song Hua, Mr. Fu, or Sam Samson. All the other major characters appear under their actual names. Throughout, I've used standard Pinyin spelling—"Beijing,

Contents

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

These are anecdotes—sketches—of encounters in China and in the United States with various Chinese people, many of them established writers. The encounters in China took place in May and June1982. I was travelling as a member of a six-person delegation of U.S. scholars, writers, and publishers. The other ...

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Part One

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pp. 9-58

We are being feted at a banquet in Beijing, in one of a restaurant's many private banquet rooms. The room is drab and charmless; the food is wonderful. Our hosts, members of the Beijing Writers Association, are mostly men and women in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties. They are people who have witnessed, participated ...

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Part Two

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pp. 59-106

Zhang Jie, an innovative and controversial young writer, is carrying my Siamese cat around the house. She holds it by the armpits, so it faces the couch. "Beautiful," she keeps saying, enormously pleased. It is an English word she has picked up since I saw her in Los Angeles three weeks ago."Beautiful!" Her own beautiful face is tight and alight with ...

About the Author

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