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    DescriptionAt the age of eleven, Li Cunxin was one of the privileged few selected to serve in Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution by studying at the Beijing Dance Academy. Having known bitter poverty in his rural China home, ballet would be his family's best chance for a better future. From one hardship to another, Cunxin demonstrated perseverance and an appetite for success that led him to be chosen as one of the first two people to leave Mao's China and go to American to dance on a special cultural exchange. But life in the U.S. was nothing like his communist indoctrination had led him to believe. Ultimately, he defected to the west in a dramatic media storm, and went on to dance with the Houston Ballet for sixteen years. This inspiring story of passion, resilience, and a family's love captures the harsh reality of life in Mao's communist China and the exciting world of professional dance. This compelling memoir includes photos documenting Li's extraordinary life.

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    Mao's Last Dancer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Li Cunxin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802797797
    ISBN 10: 0802797792

    BIC subject category V2: YQH, YNM
    BIC E4L: PEO, NF13+
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.4
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T Book Type: JN
    B&T General Subject: 215
    Ingram Subject Code: CKBA
    Libri: I-CKBA
    BISAC V2.8: JNF007050
    DC21: 792.8028092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12860
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET040
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: JNF007060
    DC22: 792.802/8092
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: GV1785.L475 A3 2008B
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    Edition statement
    Young Reader's ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Walker & Company
    Imprint name
    Walker & Company
    Publication date
    22 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Li Cunxin has displayed the ultimate in perseverance and determination throughout his life--from excelling in the grueling ballet training demanded by the Beijing Dance Academy to his 16 years as one of the premier dancers from the Houston Ballet to his latest career as a stockbroker and motivational speaker. He now lives in Australia and travels extensively around the world giving presentations. Visit his Web site at www.licunxin.com.