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Ange Zhang s Red Land Yellow River is subtitled A Story from the Cultural Revolution and is shelved in the fiction collection, but is clearly autobiographical Zhang uses family photographs and his own artwork to illustrate this spare story of how his family fell from being revered by the Chinese Communist Party to being intellectual outcasts For Zhang, a schoolboy at the time of Mao s brutal Cultural Revolution, this was particularly hard to comprehend one day he was allowed to enter school Ange Zhang s Red Land Yellow River is subtitled A Story from the Cultural Revolution and is shelved in the fiction collection, but is clearly autobiographical Zhang uses family photographs and his own artwork to illustrate this spare story of how his family fell from being revered by the Chinese Communist Party to being intellectual outcasts For Zhang, a schoolboy at the time of Mao s brutal Cultural Revolution, this was particularly hard to comprehend one day he was allowed to enter school through the door marked Heroes, the next, he had to hang his head as he passed under the sign for Bastards His father s arrest further isolated Zhang from his school friends, yet made him evendetermined to join the Red Guard His skill at drawing, a skill generally denounced under Mao s regime, found him creating posters for his friends Red Guard unit posters that railed against everything his father stood for Eventually, Zhang s entire family was swept away by the Cultural Revolution, dispersing to various work camps and jails around China Zhang was reeducated on a farm where every day was the same hard labor He found relief in the books he had salvaged from his father s library and in his drawing and painting Ten years after leaving school, Zhang returned to the Beijing Central Academy of Drama to study art and stage design The photographs included in Zhang s story and accompanying historical background are interesting, but it is Zhang s original artwork that provides the real power of this book Done in a style that is only slightlyrealistic than the propaganda posters of the day, Zhang s illustrations nevertheless capture moods and emotions perfectly through the expressions on the faces of the Red Guards and those they persecuted The anger of those denouncing Zhang s father vibrates on the page, and is juxtaposed against the solo face of Zhang looking lonely and bewildered Many of Zhang s illustrations contrast the enormity of the setting with the insignificance of the people in them A cluster of people stand before a larger than life propaganda poster two boys chisel ice in front of a barren landscape Zhang captures the isolation and ultimate futility of the Cultural Revolution Red Land Yellow River would be an appropriate book to share with middle school students Zhang s illustrations and the excellent supplemental information about the time period would make a perfect introduction to reading Red Scarf Girl, another memoir detailing what life was like for students under Mao s regime this historical biography features amazing paintings by the author in a picture book with agraphic novel feel to it ange zhang grew in during the communist and cultural revolutions, eventually being relocated to the countryside and separated from all his family even so, the tone of the book is not desperate or miserable it tells the story, but ange focuseson the parts he remembers were fun, and how he really wanted to be part of all the revolutionary action the tone of the tale this historical biography features amazing paintings by the author in a picture book with agraphic novel feel to it ange zhang grew in during the communist and cultural revolutions, eventually being relocated to the countryside and separated from all his family even so, the tone of the book is not desperate or miserable it tells the story, but ange focuseson the parts he remembers were fun, and how he really wanted to be part of all the revolutionary action the tone of the tale is what makes it kid appropriate i can t figure out why it was a library discard Ange Zhang s father was a famous writer when the Cultural Revolution began in 1966 Ange s peaceful world in Beijing rapidly fell apart This book is a memoir of his coming of age during this confusing period of destruction, humiliation, and suffering Ange Zhang found his calling as an artist and the full page illustrations that accompany the text give us a sense of the tumultuousness of this time Ange describes how he learned that his father was one of the bad guys Standing among them was m Ange Zhang s father was a famous writer when the Cultural Revolution began in 1966 Ange s peaceful world in Beijing rapidly fell apart This book is a memoir of his coming of age during this confusing period of destruction, humiliation, and suffering Ange Zhang found his calling as an artist and the full page illustrations that accompany the text give us a sense of the tumultuousness of this time Ange describes how he learned that his father was one of the bad guys Standing among them was my father He wore gray trousers and a white shirt, the same clothes I had seen him wearing earlier that morning Up on the stage, he looked thin and frail He bent his head down His left arm hung slightly crooked, the result of a fall off a horse when he was in the army.Suddenly, several Red Guards pushed my father into the center of the stage A terrifying feeling gripped me Down with the counter revolutionaries one of the guards shouted into the microphone A sea of arms rose up as thousands of voices repeated the words.My hand went up, too But I could not find my voice I dared not look toward the stage I kept my head low, wishing I could hide away where no one could see me p 11 Ange Zhang describes his intent to join the Red Guards, his realization that he was a black kid, terror, the portal to another world via the forbidden books in his father s library, becoming a farmer in the countryside 1000 km from his home, and discovering himself as an artist.The descriptions at the end of the book give the reader a backdrop to the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao, the Little Red Book , and the role of artists during the Cultural Revolution From the sidebar, Artists During the Cultural Revolution By insisting that anything old or foreign was bad, the Cultural Revolution tossed onto the trash heap thousands of years of culture both China s own rich heritage, and all of European art, literature and philosophy During the Cultural Revolution, theaters and museums were closed Only works that served the revolution poems, songs, ballets were performed again and again and people flocked to see them p 55 This is non fiction in picture book format suitable for children nine and older, but it s also most informative for adults looking to peer back at this time This is an autobiographical story about growing up in the midst of China s Cultural Revolution Zhang s family was an integral part of the Communist party in China, and his father was one of China s most famous writers The family was made a target by the new regime because of the patriarch s artistic gift all artists were blacklisted This story is about the author s search for identity during this time as he tried to reconcile his former admiration of Mao Zedong with his new role as an outca This is an autobiographical story about growing up in the midst of China s Cultural Revolution Zhang s family was an integral part of the Communist party in China, and his father was one of China s most famous writers The family was made a target by the new regime because of the patriarch s artistic gift all artists were blacklisted This story is about the author s search for identity during this time as he tried to reconcile his former admiration of Mao Zedong with his new role as an outcast and his love for his family As someone with a vague knowledge of the Cultural Revolution and Zedong s regime but no real interest in learning about it, I was pretty much a blank slate coming into this book I was attracted to it, in all honesty, by its beautiful cover the pictures in the book are stunning the author is also the illustrator I was riveted by the story and look forward to learningabout this time period and what Chinese artists and their families endured [ FREE PDF ] ☪ Red Land, Yellow River ⚕ When Mao s Cultural Revolution took hold in China in , Ange Zhang wasyears old He lived with his family in Beijing, he attended school and excelled in drawing, and his father was a famous writer whose Yellow River Cantata was widely considered to be the anthem of the revolution Yet soon, Ange s life and his family s would change foreverComplementing this autobiographical narrative with evocative color illustrations, archival images, and some of his own black and white photos, Ange gives a moving account of difficult experiences from his early longing to join his peers in the Red Guard, to witnessing his father being publicly humiliated, to his growing alienation and disillusionment But he finds some good fortune, too during his reeducation in the countryside, Ange discovers enough emotional space to develop his own ideas and to find that he, like his father, is an artist in his own right Zhang s memoir of the Cultural Revolution is beautifully told but evenstunningly illustrated he is not only able to perfectly capture a sense of his own childhood and the fervour of the political moment but reveals his insecurities, his fears and confusions as well a lovely story of the artist s journey Jan 15 I love how Zhang tells this poignant story of how the politics of Mao s Cultural Revolution totally ripped apart his family without histrionics the part he played in the events Zhang s memoir of the Cultural Revolution is beautifully told but evenstunningly illustrated he is not only able to perfectly capture a sense of his own childhood and the fervour of the political moment but reveals his insecurities, his fears and confusions as well a lovely story of the artist s journey Jan 15 I love how Zhang tells this poignant story of how the politics of Mao s Cultural Revolution totally ripped apart his family without histrionics the part he played in the events of the late 60s and early 70s a powerful and compelling memoir This is an easily accessible narrative about the Cultural Revolution written by someone lived through it as a teenager It would be a great to use in a lit circle ed group read Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress by Dai Si Jie They are all similar narratives but each one a littlesophisticated than the next In some ways reading this book helped me have hope that we will get through this disturbing time in America after all the Chinese made it through the horrors of the Cultural Revolution This is an easily accessible narrative about the Cultural Revolution written by someone lived through it as a teenager It would be a great to use in a lit circle ed group read Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress by Dai Si Jie They are all similar narratives but each one a littlesophisticated than the next In some ways reading this book helped me have hope that we will get through this disturbing time in America after all the Chinese made it through the horrors of the Cultural Revolution Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by son of a writer who was a teenager at the time Excellent introduction to a tumultuous time for a younger audience Definitely not for everyone though The story includes some but not a lot of violence, as well as some moral quandaries that are beyond the pay grade of most younger children If your child gravitates to this sort of story, however, I do highly recommend this one. Memoir of a rarely known time in Chinese recent history, the Cultural revolution.Helpful epilogue pages explaining Mao and little red book.maybe 6th gr reading level. Memoir of a man who was sent from the city to the country to be re educated during China s Cultural Revolution.