Book Excerpts - Out of Mao's Shadow

The Peking Duck has pointed me to a new book titled “Out of Mao’s Shadow” by Philip Pan, correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post. There are two poignant stories told in the book. One is about Jiang Yanyong, a surgeon who was responsible for blowing the whistle on the 2003 SARS crisis. Jiang wrote and distributed copies of a long letter in February 2004 addressed to the CCP’s new leaders recounting what he saw with his own eyes during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and challenging them to admit their mistake, and eventually he was coerced into silence with the threat of not being allowed to go abroad to visit his daughter and grandson.

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