By Paul Ting

ISBN-10: 9881993490

ISBN-13: 9789881993496

Mischievous adolescent tune Bao Bao grows up dedicated to his state below the stringent eyes of the Communist get together. Precocious for his age, he has robust innate interest. He discovers many truths that others won't want him to grasp. frightened to profit extra, he is going to nice lengths to construct a strong and unlawful radio in a position to receiving censored frequencies, comparable to the Voice of the USA broadcasting in chinese language. rigorously pleasing his daylight hours tasks to the social gathering, the boy additionally leads a hectic nightlife – reminiscent of spying on Uncle and Auntie's bed room actions, trying to make experience of human sexuality and changing advanced mathematical ideas into easy pictures to show his girl-friend Dan Dan. The younger boy follows Communist doctrine obediently and enthusiastically to pursue his dream of changing into a Nobel Prize winner. while required to have interaction in such actions, he writes the main Da Zi Baos (Big personality Posters) the least bit period of time, makes the main striking paper center in school, energetically kills sparrows, and assumes the position of chief in staff discussions. His enthusiasm is in part in response to his assumption shiny destiny lies sooner than him. Then, someday he realises that, as a result of his history, he's and continuously may be ineligible to wait an outstanding collage in his domestic nation. Bao Bao is devastated. All his goals are shattered. there isn't any destiny prior to him. Then, mustering all his braveness, he racks his brains to discover a manner out of this deadlock. eventually he makes a fateful selection that would swap his existence forever.

Born in Fuzhou, PAUL TING left China whilst he was once a scholar. Paul Ting has lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Canada and France and has a great command of English, German, Spanish and French in addition to of his local language, chinese language. He graduated from the college of Western Ontario, Canada with a B.A. (Hon.) measure in German literature. He has labored in very assorted destinations, together with an oil-rig close to the Alberta- Saskatchewan border, Canada and a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada. His occupations have various tremendously, together with for instance operating at Lufthansa, as a working laptop or computer salesman and because the chairman of a publicly-listed corporation in Hong Kong. He has traveled to over 90 international locations and took part in a variety of adventurous journeys, starting from hitch-hiking throughout Canada (from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland). he's married with a son and a daughter.

"Paul Ting's Bao Bao's Odyssey presents priceless first-hand descriptions of lifestyle in Mao's China within the 1950s-early Sixties, overlaying a sequence of vital political and social occasions (such because the Hundred plants crusade, the nice step forward move, and the famine) from a teenager's blameless but severe viewpoint. in the event you desire to have a greater realizing of China's merciless 'age of revolutions,' this can be a booklet worthy reading." — Chen Jian, writer of Mao's
China and the chilly battle, Michael J. Zak Professor of historical past for US-China family members, division of heritage, Cornell University

"In this splendidly illuminating booklet, Ting immerses us in Chairman Mao's China of 1958; the place his teenage protagonist confronts the Kafkaesque perceptions and misconceptions of the chilly conflict period. With an authoritative and real voice, Ting publications us throughout the lifetime of adolescent Bao Bao, whose ambition to win a Nobel Prize for technological know-how is liable to being thwarted by way of his family's bourgeois background. within the top culture of ancient fiction, the unconventional leaves us imbued within the interval; and the readers will lengthy hold part of Bao Bao and his quest with us. it'd be difficult to overlook this beautiful and heart-warming story." — Patricia W. gray, writer of demise Has 1000 Doors

"This booklet enriches our knowing of Nineteen Fifties Shanghai in the course of the own tale of music Bao Bao." — Lee Pui-tak, President, The Asian experiences organization of Hong Kong

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