As China opens itself to the world and undertakes historic economic
reforms, a little girl in the southern city of Guangzhou immerses
herself in a world of fantasy and foreign influences while
grappling with the mundane vagaries of Communist rule. She happily
immigrates to Oakland, California, expecting her new life to be far
better in all ways than life in China. Instead, she discovers
crumbling schools, unsafe streets, and racist people. In the land
of the free, she comes of age amid the dysfunction of a city's
brokenness and learns to hate in the shadows of urban decay. This
is the unforgettable story of her journey from China to an American
ghetto, and how she prevailed. --------------------------- "Direct
and unvarnished, this book describes the endless possibilities of a
free society that allows its citizens to chart their own destiny.
Ying Ma takes her readers to dark corners where poverty, crime, and
racism reign, all the while reminding us that even amid a sea of
hate, individuals can choose to believe in kindness, decency,
personal responsibility, and racial equality." -- Ward Connerly,
Founder and President, American Civil Rights Institute, and author,
Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences "A beautiful
account of a young girl's encounter with the insidiousness of
authoritarianism in China and the tragedies of inner-city America.
Ying Ma boldly details some of the worst imperfections of American
society, all the while showing, with her own example, why freedom
is worth choosing." -- Xiao Qiang, Adjunct Professor, University of
California at Berkeley, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China
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