Red China Blues

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Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now
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Author Jan Wong
Country Canada
Language English
Genre China Studies, Chinese History, Communism
Published 1996 (Bantam Books)
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 0-553-50545-9
OCLC 40854229

Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now is a 1996 book by Chinese-Canadian journalist Jan Wong. Wong describes how the youthful passion for left-wing and socialist politics drew her to participate in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Speaking little Chinese, she became one of the first Westerners to enroll in Beijing University in 1972.

However, her idealism did not survive the harsh realities and hypocrisy she saw in the China of the 1970s, and she abandoned her support of Maoism. She eventually worked as a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper.

Wong was an eyewitness to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, which the book describes in great detail. After the Tiananmen Square massacre, Wong interviewed Chinese dissidents such as Wei Jingsheng and Ding Zilin. Jan also recalls memories of Madame Mao and the Gang Four as they were imprisoned after Mao Zedong died.