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by BJ Elder

eBook The Oriole's Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China (Signature Books) ePub
Author: BJ Elder
Language: English
ISBN: 1891936336
ISBN13: 978-1891936333
Publisher: EastBridge (July 1, 2003)
Pages: 239
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 797
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ePub file: 1113 kb
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The Oriole’s Song is a love story - love of family, of entwined cultures, of life itself - during and after the turmoil of war. This beautiful recollection of an American girlhood in China during World War II is a continual delight with large insights and small moments made exqusite by delicate.

The Oriole’s Song is a love story - love of family, of entwined cultures, of life itself - during and after the turmoil of war. This beautiful recollection of an American girlhood in China during World War II is a continual delight with large insights and small moments made exqusite by delicate prose.

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Download PDF book format. Choose file format of this book to download: pdf chm txt rtf doc. Download this format book. Oriole's song : an American girlhood in wartime China BJ Elder. Series Statement: Signature books. Personal Name: Elder, BJ, 1933- Childhood and youth.

English books about East Asia . The Oriole’s Song is a love story - love of family, of entwined cultures, of life itself - during and after the turmoil of war. On May 17, 1951, Dwight Rugh - a Yale-in-China representative for twenty years and one of the last Americans remaining in China after the Communist Revolution - was taken from his home in Changsha to a mass rally where he was denounced as an imperialist spy.

21st C. American Literature (1) Autobiographies and Memoirs (1) biography (1) BJ Elder (1) Oberlin College authors (1) published 2003 (1) read in 2010 (1). refresh. Member recommendations.

I stumbled upon the Book of Songs in a James Michener library in PA. It was an incredible experience for reading and learning song structure, like varying similar stanzas and repeating verses. It was my introduction to Chinese literature also

I stumbled upon the Book of Songs in a James Michener library in PA. It was my introduction to Chinese literature also. The Book of Songs is Waley's selection of popular songs throughout Chinese history. You might also enjoy Lao Tzu, the philosopher, and Li Po, the wandering poet. These little songs rival the great Japanese haiku in terms of human condition content and in emotional expressions of love and loss. There are no cliches though. The love songs are stamped.

BJ Elder published a book in 2003 titled The Oriole's Song - An American Girlhood in Wartime China (see cited sources below), describing her . Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2001. BJ Elder, The Oriole's Song - An American Girlhood in Wartime China. Norwalk: EastBridge, 2003.

BJ Elder published a book in 2003 titled The Oriole's Song - An American Girlhood in Wartime China (see cited sources below), describing her childhood in Changsha on the Yali campus and the various trips she made back to China in the decades following the family's forced departure. After the Cultural Revolution.

The Oriole's Song is a love story -- love of family, of entwined cultures, of life itself -- during and after the turmoil of war. This beautiful recollection of an American girlhood in China during World War II is a continual delight with large insights and small moments made exqusite by delicate prose. On May 17, 1951, Dwight Rugh — a Yale-in-China representative for twenty years and one of the last Americans remaining in China after the Communist Revolution — was taken from his home in Changsha to a mass rally where he was denounced as an imperialist spy. Twenty-three years later, his daughter was one of the first Americans to enter China after it reopened to the West. Despite the fact that the Cultural Revolution was in full sway, she visited the site of her father’s "trial" and met with some of his friends and colleagues who had been compelled to participate in the proceedings. In this evocative and beautifully written memoir, BJ Elder tells the remarkable story of her family and what it was like for her, an only child, to grow up in China during the Second World War. Born in Hunan, hers was a childhood spent in two languages and "between two names." In a remote river town, she shares the terrors and enthusiasms of her Chinese friends, hides from Japanese bombs, struggles over Chinese calligraphy, and spends enchanted summers in a hidden valley. Yet she thinks of America as "home." When the family goes home to the United States, however, she finds herself drawn back to the country of her birth. This is an account of how one person has tried to make sense of the past, of being formed by two cultures yet never completely belonging to either, of seeing the world from one point of view, but feeling the presence of another, like print coming through from the other side of the page. In the end, two decades after the Cultural Revolution, she takes us "home" again to a much more open China, where she comes to terms with the past and with her place between the two worlds she has known.
Wooden Purple Romeo
This book was the best memoir of an author's growing up years (in another country because of parents' careers) that I have ever read. The experiences were very novel due to the exotic setting of China before World War II, and the author's word choices read, at times, like lyric poetry. She has a deft way of moving between the action she's relating and the memories of her past that they bring back to her. The book is also a look at the culture of this mysterious land which is coming out of the shadows today, but not clearly open to investigation as yet. MTL
Skunk Black
This book has done more than any other to give me a flavor of what it was like for Americans to be in China before, during and after the war. After reading it I feel as if I've sat down and listened to the author tell stories that she has lived. Perhaps the strongest point that comes through is the influence of place on the development of a child. She doesn't neglect the importance of the people who populate the place, but the constant theme is the land and how she sees it as she grows up. I only wish the pictures had printed a bit more clearly, as they are small and grainy and only give a vague idea. Her words do a fine job of painting much more vivid pictures, however.
lifestyle
This tale is full of wisdom and insights. BJ Elder is a gifted writer. In a prose style that is spare and subtle, she paints memorable portraits of people and places and brings vividly to life some of the atrocities of war and dictatorship that she witnessed as a child.
Impala Frozen
A beautifully written book from the unique observations of a young girl growing up in this war torn country in tumultuous times. Seeing the perspective of a "minority American child" growing up in China gives a very different look at our war filled world. Her creative use of language and mastery of the fine art of writing make this a book easy to read and well worth the time.
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