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From The New York Times:

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Americans today are used to a particular narrative when it comes to Communist China. In the beginning, Maoist ideals provide the Chinese protagonists with comfort and hope. Eventually, though, ideals give way to suffering.

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My mother’s family escaped from mainland China just as the Communist Party came to power. Growing up, I was steeped in this narrative through my family’s stories. I opened Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez’s “Little White Duck: A Childhood in China” expecting to encounter it once again.

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“Little White Duck” is a collection of eight autobiographical short stories from Liu’s own childhood, illustrated as comics by Martínez... (continue reading)

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