9781449033651

Red Circle : China and Me 1949-2009

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    9781449033651

  • ISBN10:

    1449033652

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-20
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
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Summary

Red Circle: China and Me,1949-2009 tells the fascinating story of Stephen Chen and his family. It sketches the history of the Peoplers"s Republic of China, not merely as a backdrop, but as the driving force of the bookrs"s action.Red Circlechronicles the rise and fall and rise again of an extraordinary family. At the same time, it is only one of countless stories that could be told by many millions of Chinese. It tells of the hope, turmoil, and terror in the first 30 years of the PRC and of the transformation, transition, and achievement in the last 30 years.Red Circle isthe first work of its kind to cover the making of modern China. The 60-year cycle encompassed byRed Circleis the basis of the traditional Chinese calendar, astrology, and cosmology. The cyclical nature of life and a return to oners"s roots are fundamental elements in Stephenrs"s story. The ways in which his life reflects and completes that of his father, the stunning symmetries and recurring cycles ofRed Circlemake for a remarkable read. Stephen has seen China from a range of vantage points that few others have experienced. From the palace he grew up in to brutal labor camps to corporate boardrooms, from stark prisons to secret government offices, Stephen has witnessed history.Red Circleis, however, more than the tale of how a family survives or a nation emerges. At its heart,Red Circleis a thrilling testament to the indomitable will and unconquerable spirit of the individual.

Author Biography

Born in 1939 in Beijing, STEPHEN CHEN grew up in a 120-room mansion that had been the palace of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. He graduated from the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in 1962. After three years in prison and in a desert labor camp, he was called back to Beijing unexpectedly to become a member of the translation team preparing for the visit of President Nixon in 1972.
 
After coming to the USA in 1981, Stephen played a key role in establishing the first U.S.-China joint venture, Beijing Jeep. He later headed General Motors’ China Program and Pacific-China Operations for the Otis Elevator Company and has helped many major U.S. corporations enter Far East markets. Stephen also founded his own highly successful manufacturing and trading company, Amerihua International Enterprises and has been involved in more than 280 joint ventures between the U.S. and China.
 
An adjunct professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Hebei University, and the University of Ningxia, Stephen is well-known for his cultural activities. He is Chairman of the Overseas Peking Opera Association and helped to found the Committee of 100, a national non-partisan organization composed of American leaders of Chinese descent. Stephen has published a dozen volumes of technical papers, literary translations, and essays and been interviewed extensively by the broadcast and print media.

 

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