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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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Gripping . . . moving . . . A compelling tale rich in narrative detail that will keep you completely engrossed. --(David Aikman, former TIME magazine Beijing bureau chief, and eyewitness to the Tiananmen massacre ) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
A compelling first-person account . . . for all of us seekers who search for true meaning and purpose while battling our private fears and regrets. (Micheal Flaherty, cofounder and president of Walden Media)
Gripping . . . moving . . . A compelling tale rich in narrative detail that will keep you completely engrossed (David Aikman, former TIME magazine Beijing bureau chief, and eyewitness to the Tiananmen massacre)
A deeply touching firsthand account of what really happened in China that eventually led to the Tiananmen Square massacre. (Yu Ying-shih, professor emeritus, Princeton University, and recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize (2006), Library of Congress)
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Ling's story is immensely pungent because she told exactly what she observed and felt. her journey from a country girl, to Beida student, to student leader unexpectedly, to exile, to a new settler in the US, to a mother and entrepreneur, and finally to a Christian, was truly extraordinary, like opening a parallel universe for those Chinese students who have gone through similar years with her.
Now China is more economically prosperous and politically oppressive. Depending how you look at it, it may get richer but not necessarily get better. Looking at 5000 years of Chinese history, our DNA calls for emperors but not democracy. We all need to remember communism was the choice of Chinese people 60 years ago. Beida elites do not represent 1.3 billion people including 90 million party members. As a middle class Chinese living in China, I think the country is not good for everyone and particularly hostile to the educated. Communism hates curiosity. So I like Li Lu's pragmatism - he is no doubt cruel or even selfish but right in one thing: all success of revolution needs martyrs who are courageous and stupid enough to arise people's awareness. He did not want to be that person himself and he might want Ling to be in that role. This selfishness is prevalent in Chinese most of whom have no religions. altruism promoted by communist party is nothing but a joke. So I agree to save the soul of Chinese is important and might be the way for a better China. but I am not sure Christianity is the solution at all. isn't so that popes used to dictators? Great Chinese people deserve better than communism and Christianity. They will find their way.
the last couple of chapters read more like gospels and preaches, dry and biased, although true, and good for ling. Her husband is really a remarkable person. I wish he would be a Chinese... just kidding.
this is a also a fantastic book to know Chinese women - their endurance, self sacrifice, passion, love and self awareness. their true strength, like Ling's strength, does not lie in smartness but in kindness and enormous courage to face herself. those who ridiculed her should shame themselves.
I'm glad I read as much as I did, but I think the book to this point was "just ok", which correlates to the 3 star rating. If I finish the entire book, I will revisit my review, but I think I'm moving on for now. I'm glad I know about the event now and feel educated on it, so that was a positive outcome for me.