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Dragon Fighter: One Woman's Epic Struggle for Peace with China Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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A defiant political tell-all...Kadeer writes perceptively about the many humiliations imposed by Beijing on the Uighurs...We are constantly reminded of the author’s qualities: she is chaste, smart, beautiful, clever, strong, indomitable, selfless, moral, wise, and fearless―especially fearless...This remarkable life is now added to the saga of the Uighur people. (The New York Times)
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Following the July 5th riots in Urumqi, the name `Rebiya Kadeer' was again thrust into the global spotlight, accused by the Chinese as an instigator of unrest but seen by many of her fellow Uyghurs as an inspiration of peace. While she now resides in the United States where she has become the president of the World Uyghur Congress, her picture has again been splashed across newspapers all over Xinjiang accompanied by stories painting her in a less-than-friendly light. Conflicting stories in the Chinese and international press begs the question that few before the riots this month ever thought to ask:
Who is Rebiya Kadeer?
Dragon Fighter is the first-hand account of Rebiya's journey from a poor home in the northern portion of Xinjiang to becoming one of China's richest women and by far the most influential Uyghur. Following years of success and government support she then finds herself on the verge of insanity while locked in a Chinese prison for years until she is released and handed over the United States. It is a story of greed, but it is also a story of courage and strength in the face of dire circumstances.
Now, in light of the July 2009 riots in Urumqi, her narrative becomes that much more relevant.Read more ›
This book is as much about China's history as it is personal reflection. The author tells much of what has not been covered by international press, especially the way the Chinese government deals with it is minorities. It can be an eye opening in that way, too, if you are the kind of reader interested in international politics.
At 426 pages, it may not be an easy read for most readers but I would say it is a book that awakens the consciousness of its reader. No wonder the Dalai Lama signed onto it.
This story could so easily be unbelievable fiction.It has rags-to-riches, David and Goliath, the power of the individual, love and betrayal, speaking truth to power, true feminism,survival, and so much more. But, as far as I know, it is true.
I liked the blend of the personal and the historical in the narrative. I would have liked more details about daily life in the family, but this is the story of a woman who sees her purpose as one of helping her people survive. I hope this book aids in achieving the goal. May her words give hope to the Uighurs, and influence those with the power to create positive change in the situation.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves biography, geography, motivational speakers, or just to learn about other cultures.
I don't share the Chinese authorities' position that she is a liar, but I'm not quite convinced by some of her statements. Generally, the book is quite anti-Chinese - not surprising if you consider her history and the common tendency of refugees to talk about their home countries in negative ways. Sometimes, however, I think that this kind of orientation can result in questionable conclusions. For example, she claims that officials were forced to continue to report record harvests during the 'Great Leap Forward'. The explanation I've heard before and find more plausible is that official had incentives to manipulate their data to improve their standing among superiors. Another example is her view on urban planning: traditional Uyghur buildings had to make place for modern Chinese ones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trying an interesting public figure especially for those who are interested in human rights, Islamic diversity, Central Asia, and China. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andhi
This is one of the most important books of our time. Ms. Kadeer is a hero of all people, not just of the Uighur people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeff
An incredible story by an incredible woman. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak a few days after I received the book (whoch she autographed for me). Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Donna
SHE IS AMAZING ! If you want to learn China's cruel face, you will read it and it will shake you up... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Confessione
If you've ever been curious about the Uyghur population in China, this is a fantastic introduction to the struggle that has been going on for centuries. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by N.Ari
Rebiya Kadeer is a born leader; courageous, strong, honest,full of faith and persistant. I find myself looking through the news for updates on Uyghur people.Published on February 20, 2011 by Babs
This memoire takes the reader on a fascinating trip through a woman's event filled life revealing the courage of the people of her family and her unique experiences in a remote... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Nina S. Broyles
THIS STORY SHOWS US HOW PERSISTENCE, BELIEF IN YOURSELF AND YOUR RESOURCES CAN OVERCOME ANY OBSTACLE IN LIFE! ONCE AGAIN, AN ENLIGHTENING VIEW OF HOW TO TACKLE LIFE HEAD ON!Published on November 2, 2009 by Kathleen A. Clements