“I want to stay in the countryside,” says
this 1973 poster. But in the end, very few did.
Image courtesy of Maopost ().
and raised in China, Sasha was forced with her family from their home in
Guangzhou at age nine and sent to a small village in Hunan Province.
When she was permitted to return, it was to a job as a mechanic in a
candy factory. She joined the underground protest movement, and due to
her “counterrevolutionary” writing, the Chinese government sent her to
prison for a year.
After China emerged from its madness, she
earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at Peking University. In
1987, she fulfilled a lifelong dream and went to the U.S. to study. She
earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and has held
teaching posts at UCLA, George Washington University and George Mason
University. She also worked as a manager for Radio-Free Asia and on
democracy-building projects for the Solidarity Center, which promotes
workers’ rights worldwide. Sasha currently heads the China Branch of the
Voice of America. She is the author of Born American: A
Chinese Woman’s Dream of Liberty (Nimble Books, 2009; see the
) and her own
Chinese-language blog (see here:
), which, together with her articles in the Chinese
press, has attracted millions of readers worldwide.
Scott D. Seligman
writer, historian, retired corporate executive and a career “China
hand,” Scott has an undergraduate degree in American history from Princeton
University and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Fluent in
Mandarin, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong and
China for eight years and reads and writes Chinese. He learned the art
of Chinese cooking in Taiwan.
Scott has worked as a
legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress, lobbied the
Chinese government on behalf of American business, managed a
multinational PR agency in China, directed communications for a Fortune
50 company and taught English and Chinese to college students. He is the
author of The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives
and the Riots that Shook New York City (Potomac Books, 2020; see
which won the gold medal in history in the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary
Awards; The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington
and Changed American Criminal Justice (Potomac Books, 2018; see
which also won a gold medal in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book
Awards (IPPYs); Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in
New York's Chinatown (Viking Books, 2016; see here:
The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo
(Hong Kong University Press, 2013; see here:
Three Tough Chinamen (Earnshaw Books, 2012;
the best-selling Chinese Business Etiquette (Hachette,
Dealing With the Chinese (Warner Books, 1989) and Mandarin Chinese
at a Glance (Barron’s, 2006;
has also published articles in Smithsonian magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal,
the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, the
Jewish Daily Forward and several other publications.