By Yin Dalong with CK Stuart
Kids in modern rural China have skilled an extraordinary second; amid radical fiscal and social ameliorations that experience despatched their mom and dad to city facilities to become profitable source of revenue, young ones were left in the back of to stay with older relations. This basic redefining of position, parenting, and dwelling has hardly been written approximately through the kids themselves in English. Set in rural Hunan within the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries, this novel vividly describes farm construction, the shift from an agricultural lifestyle to a lifestyles financially supported by means of migrant hard work profits, neighborhood spiritual lifestyles, Huagu opera, schooling, advanced and violent relationships among family and villagers, the deaths of the protagonist's (Maomao) mom and paternal grandmother, a marriage, funerals, and native gala's – from the viewpoint of a kid. Refusing to drop out of college and turn into a migrant employee or a soldier, Maomao ultimately achieves his dream of changing into a college scholar opposed to all odds. This unvarnished and vividly written description of a modern rural lifestyles in China is uniquely vital and attractive to a vast readership.
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Don' t wo rry ! It' s only a wi ld cat," she said and then, wi th considerable effort, she stood and we started off again. Later, as Grandmother wa s wa tching me eat supper, she put her hands on her stomach. H er face wa s pale. " Grandfather asked. "Nothing serious. Just a stomachache and headache," Grandmother replied. "I told y ou not to go out in the dark but y ou wo uldn' t listen. You must have been possessed by ghosts from the gravey ard, otherwi se y ou wo uldn' t have become ill so suddenly ," Grandfather said.
My cousins and I looked at the beautiful pictures wi th great interest and later asked Grandmother to take us to visit Heng and Shao mountains. " Now that Grandmother had held out the possibility of visiting these mountains, we earnestly promised that we wo uld study hard and later we studied during our spare time. Even wh en tending the wa ter buffalo, we brought books along to read. O ur efforts were not in vain and we made remarkable progress in our study – Yao Gua and I both got first prizes on the final exams.
When the shopkeepers and peddlers asked Sister and me wh ere Mother wa s, we replied, "Sorry , Mother has gone to Grandmother' s," and then they wo uld angrily leave. Mother no longer dared shop in town . Instead, she asked neighbors to buy things for her wh en they went shopping. ·35· ••• Yao Jiajia, a businessman wh o sold herbal medicine, wa s very kind to Mother and often helped her buy things. He went to town every day to do business and, wh en he returned, he often brought wh at Mother had asked him to buy , and seldom asked her to pay .
ASIAN HIGHLANDS PERSPECTIVES Volume 22: Living and Dying at the Feet of the Snowy Mountains: A contemporary Childhood in Rural Hunan, China by Yin Dalong with CK Stuart