[Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage during China's Revolution and Reform (Asian Voices)] Read ô Ying Ruocheng
To be able to tell a "COMPLETE STORY WAS I VERY "story was I felt very of the way an oral history is told When conversing and telling stories logic never flows in straight lines but rather the mention of one memories causes the recollection of another memory in a completey different circumstance I am not sure if that was the intent of the authors but I really thought it was uniue in terms of the multitude of biographies I have read I hope to see from Dr Conceison in the future My only regret is that Ying Ruo Cheng isn t alive to hear his story told that an the fact that I regret I never had the chance to meet him Though as a result of this book I do feel that I know him and that he and I are old friends Ying Ruocheng what an incredible man Especially interesting to read having Professor Claire Conceison as a mentor director and friend. His life as a bridge between China and the West gaining a singular perspective on matters related to culture and politics While suffering from cirrhosis of the liver during the final decade of his life Ying Ruocheng reflected on his experiences collaborating with coauthor Claire Conceison to tell his story Together they take the reader on an exhilarating journey from Manchu wrestling matches to missionary schools from behind prison bars to behind the scenes at ground breaking stage performances and from public moments of international recognition to private moments of intimacy and despa. create a very black white picture of who is good and who is bad Ying Claire s collaboration showed that oftentimes in periods of upheaval there are many many shades of grey I felt that at times there could have been historical background on some of the events mentioned by YRC or Dr Conceison I personally was able to know what the movements were based on my own previous knowledge of Chinese history but for someone new to the subject they may be a little confused Overall a truly incredible read and an amazing story I thoroughly enjoyed it and commend Dr Conceison on remaining true to the late Ying Ruo Cheng s wishes for the book The manner in which the story was told starting with Ying s time in prison and then jumping forward and backward through history in order. Family He also details his experiences as a university student during the heady days when the People's Republic was being founded followed by his subseuent experiences on stage in film and in politics A founding member of the Beijing People's Art Theatre Ying Ruocheng helped open its doors to Sino American exchange when he brought Arthur Miller to China to stage Death of a Salesman in 1983 playing the role of Willy Loman in his own translation of the play Simultaneously a spy for his own government and a cultural ambassador for countless foreigners and fellow countrymen Ying lived out. An amazing though not complete story of Ying Ruocheng and his "family Also a story of modern China 3 This book was "Also a story of modern China 3 This book was stunning collaboration between Ying Ruo Chung and Dr Claire Conceision Right from the beginning I felt as though I was part of some inside secret life of a Chinese citizen Dr Conceison did an excellent job of capturing Ying s dynamic witty and often mischevious character in such a way that I felt as though I was sitting in the room with Ying having a one on one conversation In terms of the historical content I have read many other biographies and autobiographies of Chinese citizens including Wild Swans and others I felt that YRC s story was truly uniue in that it touched on matters that were not always politically correct Ying s spying on foreign friends on behalf of the PRC and it also didn t paint China in a very dar. Voices Carry is the moving autobiography of the late Ying Ruocheng beloved Chinese stage and screen actor theatre director translator and high ranking politician as vice minister of culture from 1986 1990 One of twentieth century China's most prominent citizens Ying was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution and devised uniue strategies for survival including #playing pranks on guards and keeping a clandestine notebook Ying's memoir opens with his prison ears and then flashes back to #pranks on guards and keeping a clandestine notebook Ying's memoir opens with his prison ears and then flashes back to boyhood growing up in a prince's palace as a member of a progressive Manchu Catholic intellectual.