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The Man on Mao's Right: From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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In the fall of 1950, at the age of 21, Ji Chaozhu returned to his native China after an absence of 12 years. He left a comfortable middle class life as a Harvard undergraduate scholarship student at a time of increasingly virulent anti-communism in this country. China was on the verge of a shooting war with the USA in Korea, and he literally stepped through the looking glass into an upside down world of opposites. In China it was politically dangerous even to be suspected of intellectual or bourgeois tendencies; membership in the Communist Party was a privilege which it took him years to achieve; to fight against the USA backed forces in Korea was a patriotic duty for which he quickly volunteered. On a more personal level, Chaozhu had to relearn his first language, get used to a new and substantially reduced diet, and - perhaps most difficult of all - adapt to the use of a traditional "squat" toilet.
This is the story of his 50 year odyssey through the hierarchy of the Chinese Foreign Ministry from lowly translator at Panmunjom to Ambassador to the Court of St. James and Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. His original intention when he returned home was to earn a Ph.D.Read more ›
I was also disappointed that Ji denigrated Han Xu, his colleague and sometime superior in the Foreign Office. He depicts Han as hard line, but it was Han (now dead) who was disillusioned by the Tiananmen suppression and, according to people I trust, contemplated seeking refuge in the United States or some other democratic society.
This is also the first true "insider's account" I have read of the creation and evolution of modern China. Thanks to his work as a translator for Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, Ji was literally the fly on the wall during such historic occasions as Nixon's historic visit to China, the negotiations seeking an end to the Korean conflict, and the chaos of the Cultural Revolution.
Having fled the Japanese invasion of China with his parents, Ji spent much of his childhood in the United States, where he attended Harvard University. Devoted to the cause of Chinese socialism, Ji returned to his native land, where he was uniquely able to translate not just the language of the Chinese, but their culture and belief system, for Western leaders.
I cannot but wonder how history might have been different if not for his participation at so many pivotal moments in the evolution of the delicate relationship between China and the US.
"The Man On Mao's Right" is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the modern history of China, its motivations, its people and culture. Best of all, this is such an enjoyable read, that it is certain to find an audience far beyond Chinese history buffs.
Ji's life story is the epic odyssey of a Chinese Homer whose quest for his home, and to be with the woman he loves, literally spans the globe and encompasses several generations. "The Man On Mao's Right" is destined to become a classic of its genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the author is a communist. what he and his father and brother done disgusted me. they were very dishonest people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by wyjl
I found the book's title conflicting with its story. The author worked as a civil servant for Premier Chou Enlai at the China foreign ministry. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amoxin
Ji Chaozhu has allowed me to understand the story of the 'New China' from a unique perspective. Ji knows and loves his adopted home, the United States, but loves China, its past... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donald Mallory
Mr. Ji Chaozhu found a good ghostwriter, Mr. Foster Winans, to deliver this well-written book, but Mr. Ji should have also hired a good fact checker. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by C. Li
If you are interested in Chinese history and politics, this book is well worth reading.
One reason I was interested was because Ji Chaozhu is the younger brother of Ji... Read more
If you are looking for the soul searching, self-criticism made famous, or infamous, by Moaist communism, Ji Chaozhu's: The Man on Mao's Right is not that book. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Phred
What an amazing read. What an amazing life! What an excellent presentation! I learned so much more in this book about China than one would think possible. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Bobbe Allender