Below is a list of 2 the books by this author.
Winner of the 2005 BolognaRagazzi Award. When Mao's Cultural Revolution took hold in China in June 1966, Ange Zhang was thirteen years old. His... [Read More]
Winner of the 2005 BolognaRagazzi Award. When Mao's Cultural Revolution took hold in China in June 1966, Ange Zhang was thirteen years old. His father was a famous writer. Shortly after the revolution began, many of Ange's classmates joined the Red Guard, Mao's youth movement, and they drove their teachers out of the classrooms. But in the weeks that followed Ange discovered that his father's fame as a writer now meant that he was a target of the new regime. When his father was arrested, he began to question everything that was happening in his country. Finally, Ange was forced to join many other young urban Chinese students in the countryside for re-education where he found the emotional space to develop his own artistic talent and to find that he, like his father, was an artist -- except that Ange's talent lay in painting and drawing. This dramatic, painful autobiographical story is complemented by photographs, many drawn from Ange's personal collection, as well as non-fiction section that explains the historical period and is also illustrated with archival images.
Theme: Advanced Picture Book, Social Studies Gr. 8
This is the fascinating story of how a young Chinese author, Guang Weiran, a passionate militant from the age of twelve, fought, using art, theater,... [Read More]
This is the fascinating story of how a young Chinese author, Guang Weiran, a passionate militant from the age of twelve, fought, using art, theater, poetry and song, especially the famous Yellow River Cantata - the anthem of Chinese national spirit - to create a socially just China. Set during the period of the struggle against the Japanese and the war against the Kuomintang in the 1920s and '30s, this book, written and illustrated by Guang Weiran's award-winning artist son, Ange Zhang, illuminates a key period in China's history. The passion and commitment of the artists who were born under the repressive weight of the Japanese occupation, the remnants of the decaying imperial order and the times of colonial humiliation are inspiring. Zhang's words and wood-block style of art tell us the story of his father's extraordinary youth and very early rise to prominence due to his great talent with words. We see and hear the intensity of what it meant to be alive at such a significant moment in the history of China, a country that understands itself as the heir to one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. The humiliations and social injustice the Chinese people had endured in the colonial period were no longer bearable. And yet there were major factional differences between those who wanted to create a modern China. Ange's words and art paint the picture for us through his father's story, accompanied by sidebars that explain the historical context. The book ends in a burst of glorious color and song, with the words of Yellow River Cantata in Mandarin, as well as newly translated into English. This great song turns eighty years old in 2019, and will be sung and performed by huge orchestras and choirs around the world, as the Chinese diaspora has embraced the cantata as its own.
Theme: Asian Heritage, Gr. 7-12, Diversity, Social Justice