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China Bound and Unbound

History in the Making - An Early Returnee's Account

Frances Wong (黄星)

Publication Year: 2009

The book is about the author’s personal experiences in China from 1949 to the present. She went through all the political movements, of which the most devastating were the Anti-Rightist Movement and the Cultural Revolution. At the end of the former,her husband was labelled a “Rightist” and the whole family suffered with him.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

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pp. vii-viii

My heartfelt thanks to Pat and Wendy Ellis and Harmony Larson for their laborious efforts in editing and polishing my book. ...

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pp. ix-x

Frances Wong’s life is legendary in many respects. Born in 1923 and educated at Diocesan Girls’ School for twelve years from the age of four, Frances is among the oldest Diocesan Old Girls that I know personally. She was not the only girl from DGS to enjoy the works of Shakespeare and poetry reading. She was not alone in learning to live by the DGS motto of “Daily Giving Service.” However, ...

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pp. xi-xiii

Insights and experience along with wisdom and understanding are some of the benefits we acquire with the years. And with the diversity of encounters that Professor Frances Wong has had in her life as a student and academic in the colonial society of Hong Kong, China under Japanese occupation and eventually China liberated from foreign influence, tyrannical warlords and corrupt self-...

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pp. xiv-xv

March 5, 1986 was one of the most memorable days of my life. Today, even after two decades, I can still feel my excitement when I saw our Singapore Airlines plane gliding down to land on Hawaiian soil. This was my husband’s and my first visit abroad after living in China for thirty-seven years. My husband, Li Zhao-xin, was invited by the American Academy of Sciences as a visiting scholar and ...

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Chapter 1

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pp. 1-26

In 1949, shortly after the Communists took over the reins of mainland China, I went back to Guangzhou (or Canton), the capital of south China, from the British colony of Hong Kong. At that time, communications between Guangzhou and Hong Kong were disrupted because the Kowloon-Canton Railway was jointly owned by the Hong Kong and Chinese governments, and with the taking over ...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 27-46

When I reached the age of eighteen, the happy and peaceful life in Hong Kong was brought to an abrupt end by news of the Japanese march towards Hong Kong. In December 1941 we were in the middle of our university mid-term examination when one morning all traffic stopped and we heard Japanese airplanes roaring overhead. We had heard that the Japanese were coming and I said to ...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 47-80

After a year in Hong Kong, the whole of mainland China, with the exception of the province of Tibet, was liberated by the Communists, and the Kuomintang headed by Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan. By this time a conviction had been well established in our minds. The Kuomintang was corrupt and decaying. Only the Communists could save China, and we were ready to work under the...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 81-120

In 1958 there was a nationwide killing of sparrows. This could only be done with the official government directive and command from the very top authority. An official directive was issued in 1958 by the Chinese government which stated that the whole nation was to stop work for three days to take part in a campaign to kill all the sparrows in the country. We were told how harmful the ...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 121-146

The May 7th Cadre School was an invention of Mao Zedong. He said all intellectuals must be re-educated by the peasants and the May 7th Cadre Schools were set up all over the countryside for this purpose. In 1969, I was teaching at the Foreign Affairs Institute and in response to Mao Zedong’s call for intellectuals to be re-educated by the peasants, the whole institute moved ...


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pp. 147-151

E-ISBN-13: 9789882205390
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622091719

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2009