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Mao's Last Dancer.



MAO'S LAST DANCER. Li Cunxin
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.


Li Cunxin (hanzi: 李存信, pinyin: Lǐ cúnxìn, pronounced "Lee Tswen-shin") was born on January 26, 1961 in Qingdao (青岛 Qīngdǎo), China.
. 2004. Read by Paul English. 12 tapes. 15.5 hrs. Bolinda Audio. 1-74093-294-3. $96.00. Vinyl; content, reader, author notes. SA

The hardships of existence in a rural commune in China during the time of Mao's great leap forward Great Leap Forward, 1957–60, Chinese economic plan aimed at revitalizing all sectors of the economy. Initiated by Mao Zedong, the plan emphasized decentralized, labor-intensive industrialization, typified by the construction of thousands of backyard steel  come into view as world-class ballet dancer Li Cunxin traces his life story. He began as a peasant child who had the wit not to cry out when he was tested for physical suppleness. He and a handful of others from throughout China were sent to Madame Mao's new ballet academy in Beijing. Schedules and teaching protocols were harsh, and Cunxin sorely missed his parents and six brothers, but he knew his life and probably theirs would be better if he persevered. Good teachers and a resolute work ethic work ethic
n.
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.


work ethic
Noun

a belief in the moral value of work
 helped him overcome limited natural talent. A cultural exchange visit to Houston and contact with the Houston Ballet's artistic director, Ben Stevenson, led to Cunxin's disillusionment Disillusionment
Adams, Nick

loses innocence through WWI experience. [Am. Lit.: “The Killers”]

Angry Young Men

disillusioned postwar writers of Britain, such as Osborne and Amis. [Br. Lit.
 with communist propaganda, his defection, and subsequent life in the west. The detail in his narrative, which in other hands might be excessive, brightens the listener's appreciation of both his achievement and a family functional by any standard. The story of his return visit to China to perform at the age of 38 is especially heartwarming heart·warm·ing or heart-warm·ing  
adj.
1. Causing gladness and pleasure.

2. Eliciting sympathy and tender feelings: a heartwarming tale.

Adj. 1.
. English clearly characterizes Cunxin and handles expertly the Chinese phrases and names. Excellent selection. Edna Boardman, Bismarck, ND
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Author:Boardman, Edna
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