But reading Li Cunxin's autobiography set me straight. I read this as an eight year old the adult version, not the young reader's edition and I still treasure it to this very day. I really admire how he doesn't stop what his doing, and continue to try many new ways to succeed what he wants. Yes, he did get help from the American President and his wife and other devoted friends, but don't think success was easy. All throughout the book there are many family values and how he treasures his family as the most important thing in his life. Instead they would be working hard in the fields to earn a sufficient living wage.
I knew so little about Chinese culture when I read this book. As often occurred in those times, government officials fanning out across the nation seeking young candidates for centralized training arrive at this school. The women of the house would sew, wash, clean and cook. That said, some of the ballet dancing features upper male nudity and very skimpy costumes. He is an avid supporter of The Cochlear Research Institute in Australia which conducts ongoing research and provides support to those who cannot afford the implant. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet. Even after defecting, Li couldn't be truly happy until he knew that his family was safe.
Cunxin takes us through his childhood, growing up as one of 7 sons of poor peasant family during China's Cultural Revolution. Ben Stevenson left the Houston Ballet after 27 years as Artistic Director. When he decides he wants to stay here, it ignites an international furor. The psychological effect of dancers who think too… 2005 Words 9 Pages Mao's Success with Domestic Policies After Mao had defeated the Nationalists he was aware of the instability of communism in china. As he continued to excel, he was offered an opportunity to visit America. It's not so much the language that is beautiful, but the content and the emotion captured in the words. What an inspirational and touching book! But, as the sixth of seven sons, he didn't get much.
But he knew that he had to do this for the family's honor. In 1972, eleven year old Li Cunxin Huang Wenbin was living with his parents Niang Joan Chen and Dia Wang Shuangbao and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school. I feel it and I promise to make a change as well. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. He began with his parents wedding, the birth of his brothers and himself, poverty, government, and traditions.
This is an inspiring and touching book which gives you a look into a peasant's life in communist China and that of a ballet dancer. They thought that they were living the high life. With legal advice that the Chinese government would recognize certain residence rights arising from an international marriage, Li and Mackey rush into a marriage. Overall, it is an interesting book that presents many different ideas and themes, including traditional Chinese culture and the comparison between East and West ideology. Even better, it exposes the evils of Communism, international socialism and the good of republican democracy and capitalism. He truly was a brave young man! Although they are poor, Cuxin and his brothers are brought up by their parents and grandmother to be dignified, carry themselves with pride, and more importantly, never to do anything that will bring disgrace to the Li name. The writing about China during that period was certainly interest This is such a beautifully written memoir.
He is now the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet in Brisbane. My heart soared and I shed some tears of happiness about Li Cunxin's story, a peasant boy who lived in poverty during Chairman Mao's rule. The author graduated from Beijing Dance Academy only months after it got this new name. It needs to demonstrate your understanding about the people in the text, conflicts the people have to deal with and the issues and values presented in the text. Li gives devastating descriptions of peasant life during that time. During a performance for party dignitaries, the Beijing Arts Academy instructor makes his opinion known with tears; Chan's dissatisfaction with the company's new direction will seal his fate as a condemned man, a counter-revolutionary, when in fact, he's merely an aesthete, a man who descries bad taste and is chafed accordingly. Li Cunxin, his parents' sixth son, lived in a small house with twenty of his relatives and, along with the rest of his family, subsisted for years on the verge of starvation.
Many reasons to really like this book. This review is available to non-members for a limited time. Nicely written and humane for anyone interested in modern Chinese history or for fans of dance. On a more personal level, the author shows a lot of raw emotion particularly for his family , determination and inner strength. I am a ballet fan and I am embarrassed to say that I had not heard of Li Cunxin, although he performed with the Houston Ballet for 16 years and made guest appearances with most of the major ballet companies.
If you're a ballet aficionado you'll want to read every page, otherwise you'll probably want to skip over a few of the more detailed descriptions of ballet competitions - which are few in number anyway. Li Cunxin provides anecdotes from his childhood that characterizes Mao's philosophy. It's such a stark contrast to the life he ends up living in the West and I so enjoyed reading about all the vast differences he found between the two countries and cultures. This was a great read. The new school abandoned the curriculum from the Culture Revolution and replaced with a more normal one close to western.