Mao’s Last Dancer

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Mao’s Last Dancer

by Li Cunxin



Lin Cunxin was born into an extremely poor family living in a commune in China ~ communist China ~ under Chairman Mao’s rule.  Cunxin descriptively recalls their living conditions and how indoctrination instilled in him a fierce love and devotion for Chairman Mao and communism, and how propaganda instilled a fear of America and western culture ~ “we’d heard nothing but the mistreatment of black people, the violence on the streets, the misuse of firearms.”  They were taught the evils of America ~ freedom and free enterprise.  At the age of eleven he was selected to study ballet at the Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy.  His teachers taught him discipline and determination and vision, and as he applied these qualities with his seven years of exceedingly hard work, he became one of China’s best dancers.  When Li was eighteen, he was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer school at the Houston Ballet Academy in Texas.  While in America, Li saw freedom for the first time.  He experienced the prosperity of Americans.  He had more food to eat than ever before.  Over the next two years he realized that everything he had been taught about communism was wrong and he desired freedom more than anything.  In 1979 he defected to America and became one of the world’s best ballet dancers.

This book taught me ~

1.  That America is an exceptional nation. {I knew this, but now I understand it from an outsider.}

2.  What a blessing it is to have been born into this country.

3.  How precious freedom is.

4.  How deplorable and oppressive communism is.

5.  How children are targeted and indoctrinated first, and then the adults, with misplaced allegiance, false hope, and promises.

6.  That I need to do everything I can to fight communism in our country because once we lose our freedoms, we may never get them back.

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5 Responses to Mao’s Last Dancer

  1. Corinna February 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Thanks for the book review! I am going to add this one to my must read list.

    • Lori February 8, 2013 at 1:24 am #

      Hi Corinna ~ I hope you will love this book as much as I did. It’s a book that has left a deep impression within me. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  2. Michele February 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    This looks like a great read!! Thanks for sharing:) Stop by

    • Lori February 11, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      Michele, this is such a good book. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy February 17, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    Always on the lookout for new books to read — will add this to the list. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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