By Steven W. Mosher
Having lived for 2 years between chinese language villagers, an anthropologist illuminates the styles and information in their lives and analyzes the consequences of political corruption, a black industry economic system, and a crusade of coerced contraception.
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Com Collier Macmillan Canada, Inc. First Free Press Paperback Edition 1984 Printed in the United States of America Paperback printing number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Hardcover printing number 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Mosher, Steven W. Broken earth. Includes index. 1. China—Rural conditions. I. Title. 0951 83-47982 ISBN 0-02-921700-8 eISBN-13: 978-1-439-11967-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-029-21720-7 ISBN 0-02-921720-2 pbk. For Huiya Contents Preface 1. Introduction: Beyond the Chinese Shadow Play 2.
In such circumstances ordinary conversation is not only impossible, it is foolhardy. The foreigner en voce immediately attracts an audience of the curious, and the hapless Chinese with whom he attempted a dialogue finds himself the center of an unwanted attention. He begins to sidle nervously away, his responses growing terser and less distinct, until he has merged safely into the roiling crowd. * I was caught in such a human vortex of my own making several times and always found it to be a profoundly depersonalizing experience.
A friend in Hong Kong told me of how his aunt, a 72-year-old Catholic, had collapsed while attending Mass with her husband in Beijing’s recently reopened Catholic church. An American couple who happened to be present volunteered their car as an ambulance, and the distraught husband agreed. On the way to the hospital the woman regained consciousness, was wide-eyed to find herself in the midst of foreigners, and insisted on going home instead. There was no need to go to the hospital, she anxiously told the American couple, adding that she and her husband would walk home.