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A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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Illuminated: Ling doesn't hold back at all, sharing her joys and sorrows, triumphs and defeats. She isn't trying to paint herself as a hero, and it is for this reason that I trust her account of what really happened in the spring of 1989, and what has followed since. I was struck by her earnestness, and also by the level of detail she uses throughout. She shares with an uncomfortable rawness the tragedy of what happened at Tiananmen--the mistakes of the democratic student movement and the failures of the government that mercilessly crushed the movement, literally, to death. Then, I was shocked by the account of what continues today through the one-child policy, a Tiananmen massacre every hour.
Convicted: I was convicted on two fronts--the first, that I have stood idly by while millions of women live under fear and oppression as a result of both the one-child policy and the culture of gendercide. Ling's account opened my eyes to the horror of what a population control policy really means; after all, how could you possibly enforce that policy except by forced abortions and forced sterilizations?Read more ›
When tanks and troops entered Beijing city, finally surrounding the square when an ultimatum was issued demanding for the students to disperse, the students leaders were divided on how they should response. Most student leaders held that they should evacuate to avoid loss of lives, as it became clear troops would not hesitate to shoot them. But Chai argued for making a stand. According to some student leaders, she made a speech to students, calling them to confront the troops, and then fled before security forces closed in. Most students left the Square following other student leaders, but some students did make stand and was shot at in the following conflicts, leading many to criticize Chai for her hypocracy. The rationale of her choice seems to lie in a belief that shooting at protestors would bring huge intl' pressure which would push forward the movement. It is exactly the same menality shared by Mao Zhedong, that is a willingness to sacrifice huge number of lives for strategic gains. In this sense, Chai was more like a red guard than a freedom fighter perceived by the West.Read more ›
I love how she shares the highs and low lows so you truly see her heart and the heart of the students. They all have such a love for their country that they would go without food, without sleep, without their families and the educations that their whole life's success hangs on just to get the message across. I was totally inspired to change the world, but that is not even what she is trying to say - it's not her point that we should follow in her footsteps - she is just sharing how love for her country and family compelled her. It's gritty, beautiful love. I wish we had more leaders like her!
Ling doesn't hide her flaws or mistakes - and she shares some really personal ones including four abortions that weigh on her throughout her life. I was so refreshed by her honesty and how she is not trying to justify herself to anyone or explain away her mistakes, she shares a really tragic story of abortion that many women in China can't talk about because of the shame -- she reveals a very hidden intimate part of herself so that others can find healing too.Read more ›
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This author ended up being at the core of the Tiennamin Square student uprising. She recounts how it all unfolded and the government's response. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sherry Yarger
A heart wrenching, inspirational read demonstrating the power of the human spirit and, the cost of freedom. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Jack D Gardner
It is amazing how the author is to describe the horror she and millions of Chinese suffered. Bravery and selfdenial are the ingredients along with her finding Jesus. Read morePublished 5 months ago by juergen muthmann
Extremely interesting discussion of what led up to, and was involved in Tiannanmen Square.Published 5 months ago by Kay Smith
This is is a really good book about one of the most courageous people of our age. Communist countries in Asia are harsh to dissenters and their families, and it is remarkably... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen F. Brecht
I found the first part of the book fascinating, but when it comes to talking about her American dream it becomes so trivial. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jackal
a good read for anyone interested in what actually happened during may-june 1989 in beijing, china. a must read for anyone passionate about human rights issues.Published 9 months ago by Mimi C Yu