By Jan Wong
Jan Wong has back to Beijing. Her quest: to discover a person she encountered in brief in 1973, and whose existence she used to be convinced she had ruined forever.
In the early 70s, Jan Wong travelled from Canada to turn into one in all in simple terms Westerners accredited to check at Beijing college. in the future a tender stranger, Yin Luoyi, requested for assist in attending to the U.S.. Wong, then a starry-eyed Maoist, instantly pronounced Yin to the professionals. Thirty-three years on, and greater than a decade after the booklet of her bestselling pink China Blues, Jan Wong revisits the chinese language capital to start her look for the person that has haunted her judgment of right and wrong. She desires to make an apology, to one way or the other make amends. not less than, she desires to notice even if Yin survived.
As Jan Wong hunts throughout the urban, she unearths herself traveling again during the a long time, again to her reviews within the Cultural Revolution, to locations that have been as soon as of massive value to her. She has replaced, after all, yet now not up to Beijing. one of many world’s so much historic towns is now one among its most up-to-date. The neon symptoms not say “Long reside Chairman Mao” yet in its place tout Mary Kay cosmetics and Kentucky Fried fowl. areas she as soon as knew have vanished, bulldozed into oblivion and changed via avant-garde structure, stylish bars, and glossy condos. the folk she as soon as knew have replaced, too, for higher or for worse. stories are in all places. through looking for previous buddies and pals, Jan Wong uncovers tantalizing clues concerning the lady she wronged. She realizes her private fears and regrets have been justified. yet Yin herself is still elusive–until the day she telephones Jan Wong.
Emotionally strong and wealthy with aspect, Beijing Confidential weaves jointly 3 precise stories–Wong’s trip from regret to redemption, Yin’s trip from shame to respectability, and Beijing’s attractive trip from communism to capitalism.
From the Hardcover edition.