Watch this video to see how to Import from China and make money! Click Here!

2012/04/12

Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square by Lisa Zhang Wharton


-by a Chinese Minnesotan, or from Lake Wu Bi Gun. (Wobegon.) 

Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square

"Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square" is a novel based on the 1989 Tiananmen Square Pro-democracy movement. The novel follows a young woman, Baiyun, a junior in college, trying to reconcile her upbringing while in the midst of the rising political movement in Beijing, China.

Baiyun grew up in a strange and cold household: her mother, Meiling, brought her many young lovers to their home while Baiyun was a small child. Often, Baiyun could hear her sad father, drunk and listening by the door.

In order to cope with her dysfunctional family, Baiyun worked as hard as she could, eventually getting herself in the prestigious Beijing University. But even away from her parent's madness, she was unable to escape her haunting memories.

A distraction was right outside her dorm room window. Baiyun joined the Pro-democracy movement to vent her frustrations. While protesting, she met the man of her dreams, Dagong, a handsome and charismatic factory technician who was orphaned at birth and lost his only relative during the Cultural Revolution. But even Dagong couldn't fully take Baiyun away: his face reminded her of one of her mother's lovers, both attracting her and drawing her back...


From a reviewer:
Lisa Zhang Wharton was born and raised in Beijing, China, and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. In Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square, her first full-length endeavor, she explores everyday life in China in 1989, focused on Baiyun, a college student at Bejing University. Baiyun living at school and finally away from her highly dysfunctional family for the first time, is studying hard to pass the TOFEL exam, which would allow her to study in America and be the gateway to a better life.

She gradually becomes embroiled in the Student Democracy Movement, protesting the authoritarian government and demanding increased freedoms for all of China. While working as a reporter covering the Movement for the school paper, she meets Dagong, an older factory worker volunteering to help the students, and over the course of several action-filled days, experiences true love for the first time.

Intertwined with the global events culminating with the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the book also tells the story of four families huddled within the confines of a government mandated collective house, once the single family dwelling of a prominent family, but now post-Cultural Revolution, divided into four tiny apartments.

As the military gradually clamps down on the protesters, and situation becomes dangerous for all involved, Baiyun learns that Dagong is married and has a young child, and sees her love, her ideals, and the remnants of her dysfunctional family disintegrating before her eyes.

This novel works on many levels. In addition to being a simple love story with a backdrop of world events, it's a close-up look at the lasting effects of the Cultural Revolution on everyday Chinese families and an intriguing exploration of historical events. It's truly a must-read for all audiences.



Watch this video to see how to Import from China and make money! Click Here!

Getting Rich With Alibaba -$18 Trillion Goldmine Secret Click Here! Discover $18 Trillion Goldmine Secret. My Friend Made Money $1,800,000 Online In 1 Year From Home In Paris. Learn Step-by-step How You Can Also Turned $100 Into $1,800,000. Anyone Can Start Internet Import Export Business Anywhere!!!

-500+ Healthy Chinese Recipes Cookbook. Click Here!

Learn Chinese from the movies! Click Here! LEARN TO READ AND USE OVER 3000 OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED CHINESE CHARACTERS “PASSIVELY” BY WATCHING TEN (9) OF THE GREATEST CHINESE MOVIES EVER MADE WITH UNIQUE SELF-TEACHING SUBTITLES.