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Life and Death in Shanghai Summary
Nien Cheng

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Life and Death in Shanghai Summary

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The novel is an autobiography of Nien Cheng, depicting her life during the Cultural Revolution in China. Cheng begins her story from the time right before the Cultural Revolution begins and ends with her relocation to the United States many decades later, including her compelling account of the six and a half years she spent in a detention house under false imprisonment.

In the beginning of the autobiography, Cheng discusses her life and former management position at Shell Oil while in Shanghai. She gives great detail on her life, home, activities and family, including her daughter Meiping and deceased husband. She is surrounded by beauty and manages to live a privileged lifestyle among things that are considered "Western" or American or British in influence. When the Cultural Revolution begins, Cheng is not terribly worried since the political movements initiated by Mao Zedong are frequent occurrences and typically end...

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