ESCAPE FROM RED CHINA by Robert & Evans Lob
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ESCAPE FROM RED CHINA

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Due to an unfortunate lapse, the last few lines of this report was omitted when it originally appeared in the September bulletin. ""Robert Loh's position is unique. Completing political science graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1948, he went home to teach under his old mentor who had become head of Shanghai University. His return to the mainland despite the pleas of his father, who had fled to Hong Kong, was predicated on his desire to believe the fine-sounding pronouncements of the Communists as they began to take over the country. He did teach briefly but during one early purge he realized that his days as an employed intellectual were numbered. He went to work as nominal manager of the flour mills of the 'national-capitalist' family of a former fellow-student. The changes that overtook China, the notorious gap between Party members who were dehumanized by the very condition of their membership, proceeded space to disillusion Loh until he longed for escape. He comments at length on reactions to the Polish and Hungarian uprisings and the Hundred Flowers movement, which he observed firsthand. Skillful in parroting the type of public statements the Communists wanted from someone in his position, he rose through the political maze and reached 'reliability'. He was even sent to Russia as an official 'tourist'. When Party watchfulness was relaxed, he contrived to escape, feeling free to do so with his father dead, his relatives scattered, his chances for romance completely thwarted; he left no hostages behind. It would not be easy to take this book casually even if it were only a novel. But it is a true story, told with shocking simplicity. Not only is it an outstanding example of the best type of 'as told to' writing; it is also one of the most shattering autobiographies of our generation.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Coward-McCann