- Title: Memoirs of a Eurasian
- Author: Vivian Yang
- ISBN: 9781461013419
- Page: 119
- Format: Paperback
In Shanghai s French Concession in 1944, a young Russian fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution from his homeland falls in love with a local teenager She dies giving birth to a girl without his knowledge, and he is expelled from China along with most other Westerners following the Communist takeover in 1949 The daughter grows up to be a piano instructor and becomes an unwed moIn Shanghai s French Concession in 1944, a young Russian fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution from his homeland falls in love with a local teenager She dies giving birth to a girl without his knowledge, and he is expelled from China along with most other Westerners following the Communist takeover in 1949 The daughter grows up to be a piano instructor and becomes an unwed mother herself in 1962 Her daughter Mo Mo, whose father remains a mystery to all but her reticent mother, is beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious But she is a rare Eurasian in a politically radical and culturally homogenous society We enter her bleak yet fascinating world cloaked to the West where Eurasian appearances are a double edged sword, cherished and fetishized simultaneously As the plot of this evocative novel twists and turns through the lost glorious days of the old Shanghai, the Sino Soviet ideological split of the 1950s, the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the economic reform that ensued in China, the bubble years in the 1980s Japan, and the 20th century Russian and Chinese immigration, a captivating story of one girl s courageous journey of overcoming extraordinary racial and socio political circumstances unfolds Vivian Yang VivianYang s Memoir of a Eurasian and Shanghai Girl are also available on Kindle FIVE STAR REVIEWS Memoirs of a Eurasian is a fascinating read in which the author audaciously explores the issues of inter cultural, inter racial, mother and daughter relationships rarely seen in other literary works on China The story is about Mo Mo, a Eurasian growing up in racially homogenous China her Eurasian family saga from the Russian Bolshevik Revolution to Shanghai s colonial past in the 1930s and 1940s her coming of age stories during China s tumultuous Cultural Revolution 1966 1976 , and her courageous journey to success through odds and adversities The novel spanning almost the whole 20th century and involving quite a few international cities each with its own local flavor and intrigue provides a unique, intertwined story line The story is beautifully written, rich in metaphorical language, with a plethora of references from Chinese literature to Western literature A truly remarkable literary feat I highly recommend this compelling story Yinjie Qian Memoirs of a Eurasian is a riveting narrative spanning decades of 20th century history, from the Russian exile to Shanghai s French Concession to Cultural Revolution to Japan and beyond A captivating reading experience Virginia Heyler Vivian Yang s Memoirs provides a refreshingly unique take on Communist era China The majority of the story takes place in Shanghai s former European quarters specifically, the French Concession and follows Mo Mo latova , a Chinese young woman whose Russian blood presents her with unique challenges as well as opportunities Mo Mo s sophisticated first person narration of the experiences of herself, her mixed blood relatives, and the disenfranchised pre Communist era 1949 leisure and working class Christian converts over a course of decades makes it easy for readers to sympathize with her The subject of the attitudes toward race and sex in homogenized greater China and Japan is explored here, as is China s recent economic boom and the revival it has brought to cosmopolitan Shanghai It is a captivating tale of a distinctively private life unfamiliar to the Western readers amidst the turmoil of 20th century Chinese and Russian Diasporas and Communist rule in the most cosmopolitan city in China Other settings are Hong Kong, Tokyo, and snippets of St Petersburg and Warsaw, all relevantly linked and fleshed out in a tale with expected yet satisfying plot twists and turns Perhaps embellished from her own life in China the author bio indicates she emigrated as an adult , Yang is able to effectively create a dynamic story rich in history, culture, and psychology R.B NYC
Recent Comments "Memoirs of a Eurasian"
I loved this book about 1960-1990s Shanghai (and Hong Kong). Vivian Yang is an excellent storyteller. Her protagonist in this novel is Mo Mo, who is 1/4 Russian. Mo Mo's mother, Nadia or Mo Na-di, is a troubled pianist who all but abandons her daughter during their years in Hong Kong and later in Shanghai. Mo Mo later finds herself in a tumultuous relationship with her swimming coach, who ends up affecting her adulthood more than she could imagine. My favorite character is the older Shanghai gen [...]
I lost interest in the book.
Great BookEnthralling work of literature.The author brings this time period to life.I could not put the book down.I read ot in 2 days.
I love this book . well written though plot was a tad loose especially the part where she met uncle fly and part where she goes to HK.
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