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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Portfolio (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670922013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (900 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, not a fiction, had so many ridiculous lies.
If you are born in western countries and have no idea with the Chinese culture revolution, this book with full of lies can't help you to understand a real China!
She had talked this fake story too many times, which make her believe the story more and more, even she just wanted to get something with it initially.

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610 of 681 people found the following review helpful By Ben Locke on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
On 7/22/2013, Soochow University (formerly Jiangsu Teacher's College, Ping Fu's alma mata), released the most damning evidence yet that effectively invalidated pretty much all the stories in the book about her life in China. Among the documents was a registration card that Ping Fu filled out herself. It indicated that Ping Fu graduated from a Nanjing high school in July 1976. She joined the Communist Youth League in 1973 and served as the class captain (also called monitor) in the high school. After graduation she was employed as a worker in a Nanjing radio equipment factory earning an above average salary of 17 RMB per month.

Anybody with a slight knowledge about China during the cultural revolution would know that the Communist Youth League is the junior organization of the Communist party and the candidate pool of the CCP. New members were carefully recruited from the most active and loyal red guards. Yes, you must first be a red guard to qualify for the the Communist Youth League membership and you must initiate the application process by writing an essay pledging allegiance to the party and the communist ideals. To become a Communist Youth League member at the young age of 15, Ping Fu was no doubt among the "reddest" of the red elements. This is consistent with her being chosen as the class captain, the highest ranked "student cadre" of the class. Being among the favorites of school authorities, there was no way she would have suffered anything near what she described in the book. Also, at the time only well-connected and politically correct families had the chance to get their son/daughter a job in a factory after graduating from high schools. Workers were regarded as the leadership class according to the "Mao Tze-tung thought".
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670 of 750 people found the following review helpful By Fang Zhouzi on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
(Note: I originally wrote this response in Chinese. It's translated by an associate profesor of University of Florida with a few modifications of mine)

Ping Fu posted a clarification article on her blog today in response to my criticism. Her article can be found at

Ping Fu claimed that although my comments are correct, they are made based on the inaccurate Forbes report, not based on her new book. The Forbes report has since been corrected.

In fact, if you read my article, you will know that the Forbes report triggered my criticism, but I made my comments not just based on this report, but also based on a series of reporting, radio and TV shows, and video interviews on American news media since 2005. I also read the two chapters of her book that are available on Google Book. All of them provide a consistent picture. If the Forbes report made mistakes, then the reports by other US media and what Fu said by herself on the interviews will also be wrong. It is useless to single out Forbes (as an scapegoat).

In her clarification, Ping Fu said, "I did not say or write that I was in a labor camp; I stated that I lived for 10 years in a university dormitory on the NUAA campus. Chinese children don't get put in labor camps. I also did not say I was a factory worker. I said Mao wanted us to study and learn from farmers, soldiers and workers."

Just ten days ago, in a video interview with Google, Ping Fu said that she lived in a ghetto for 10 years of Culture Revolution.

See [...] at about 7:15, i.e., 7 min 15 sec.

In a different interview with NPR, she said that she was sent to a correctional farm when she was 10 and stayed there for about 10 years.
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1,348 of 1,514 people found the following review helpful By Henry on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
==HK Time 19:55 17th Feb 2013== *revised regarding Guardian post 09:37 18th Feb 2013*

Seem things go dirty now, I am really surprise that Amazon deleted lin's review, which is the most detail, reasoning and sound. For those who are new comer, please go to page 5 in this comment and you will find lin's repost there.

One example of good reporting on this controversy is from The Guardian published on Feb. 13, 2013, "Ping Fu's childhood tales of China's cultural revolution spark controversy".

Those US media really disappointed me during this event, in fact, my faith on them is deteriorating. No matter what, Fu must paid for what she did, or otherwise it is making Fu as an example to follow. We already see the result of "rewarding the bad and punishing the good" in China, and things start getting bad in HK, just hope the US and American can make the right move

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It is very clear that her story is full of lies, only those cant read chinese and not familiar with modern chinese history will believe the story.

Some even can expose by simple calculation with a little bit background knowledge:

1. Fu born at 1958, and the Cultural Revolution happened during 1966-1976, and there was no way for a kid with her younger sisters/brothers would be sent to correctional labor camp.

2. Fu claim that she go to Soochow University at 1977. The National College Entrance Examination opened again after the Revolution at 1977, and during that time, "political censor" is a must, if she was in the labor camp, there is no way for her to pass the censor. Morevoer SooChow University established at 1982, how could she study there at 1977?

And Dr Fang is now condemning Fu about her lies, if you dont know whos he is, this is for your reference:
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