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Chasing Hepburn: A Memoir of Shanghai, Hollywood, and a Chinese Family's Fight for Freedom
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Gus Lee

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Chasing Hepburn: A Memoir of Shanghai, Hollywood, and a Chinese Family's Fight for Freedom

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9780609608760

In the spirit of his lauded novel "China Boy, " Lee's richly textured memoir is the story of the uniting of two culturally displaced clans as the Cultural Revolution sweeps China. Provocative, wise, and bittersweet, this is an unforgettable story of the clash between cultural ties and an ancient way of life. 25 photos.

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Publishing year: 2003
Publisher: Harmony

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