Life and Death in Shanghai Author:Nien Cheng This is a first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who worked for Shell in Shanghai under Mao, was put under house arrest by Red Guards in 1966 and subsequently jailed. All attempts to make her confess to the charges of being a British spy failed; all efforts to indoctrinate her were... more » met by a steadfast and fearless refusal to accept the terms offered by her interrogators. When she was released from prison she was told that her daughter had committed suicide. In fact Meiping had been beaten to death by Maoist revolutionaries.« less
This is a book that I didn't want to put down. It is the true account of Nien Cheng's life during the Chinese revolution starting in 1966. Her life, as she knew it, would be changed forever. It is a story of personal perseverence under incredible circumstances.
this is a memorable memoir set in China during the cultural revolution.the author is imprisioned for years and reads all of Mao's writings. after her release, she looks for her daughter..sigh
IIRC, she lives in DC now