I thought I’d recommend a book to you by an author I’ve met and been impressed with. She is Ying Ma, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. She writes about China, Asia, U.S. foreign policy, and racial politics in America. The book is Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, and it’s an account of the struggle of a ten-year-old Chinese immigrant to inner city Oakland.
This is unique: a trip to an inner city most of us never see, through the eyes of a girl escaping totalitarianism.
Here is the blurb for the book followed by a review.
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 citys brokenness and the shadows of urban decay. She ultimately prevails, but not before she learns to hate. This is the incredible story of her journey from China to an American ghetto.
“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 Digital Times