Mao s Last Dancer

This is my story. Here is my recollection of those years growing up in Mao's China. It is my family's history. It is my journey, from my earliest memories, through discovering dance, to my life in the West.

Author: Cunxin Li


ISBN: 9780670073481

Category: Ballet dancers

Page: 497

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This is my story. Here is my recollection of those years growing up in Mao's China. It is my family's history. It is my journey, from my earliest memories, through discovering dance, to my life in the West. History may record things differently, others may too, but the stories here remain as true to me now as they ever were. It is a remembrance that contains the treasures from my heart. So wrote Li Cunxin in the first edition of his now phenomenally bestselling memoir. Just as his journey from bitter poverty to international stardom is a dream come true, so too has the telling of his life story taken him to places he never could have imagined. Since its release in 2003, Mao's Last Dancer has sold over 400 000 copies and regularly featured on bestseller lists. Now, some six years after its original publication, Li's inspiring story of courage and determination has been made into a major feature film. For this edition, Li gives us three powerful new chapters as he shares his experiences in making the movie, his feelings for an utterly changed China and the ongoing stories of his beloved families in Melbourne and Qingdao. 'An honest and refreshing account of a peasant boy's journey from Mao's China to stardom in the West . . . an inspiring true story of courage and determination.' Adeline Yen Mah, author of Falling Leaves Visit the official Mao's Laster Dancer Movie website

Mao s Last Dancer

PENGUIN BOOKS Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin was born in 1961, in the New
Village, Li Commune, near the city of Qingdao on the coast of north‐east China.
The sixth of seven sons in a poor rural family, Li's peasant life in Chariman Mao's

Author: Li Cunxin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191890X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin's childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. Until, that is, Madame Mao's cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world. When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China's borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue. Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.

Dancing to Freedom

In a poor village in northern China, a small boy named Li Cunxin was given the chance of a lifetime. Selected by Chairman Mao's officials from among millions of children to become a dancer, Li's new life began as he left his family behind.

Author: Li Cunxin

Publisher: Walker Childrens

ISBN: 9780802797773

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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In a poor village in northern China, a small boy named Li Cunxin was given the chance of a lifetime. Selected by Chairman Mao’s officials from among millions of children to become a dancer, Li’s new life began as he left his family behind. At the Beijing Dance Academy, days were long and difficult. Li’s hard work was rewarded when he was chosen yet again, this time to travel to America. From there his career took flight, and he danced in cities around the world—never forgetting his family, who urged him to follow his dreams.

Mao s Last Dancer Young Readers Edition

His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime. But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved.

Author: Li Cunxin

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 1742281206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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One day, not so very many years ago, a small peasant boy was chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime. But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved. He hated the strict training routines and the strange place he had been brought to. All he wanted to do was go home – to his mother, father and six brothers, to his own small village. But soon Li realised that his mother was right. He had the chance to do something special with his life – and he never turned back . . . Visit the official Mao's Laster Dancer Movie website

Mary s Last Dance

Mary Li is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer – but that book told only half the story.

Author: Mary Li

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 0143789724

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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The highly anticipated memoir of Australian ballerina Mary Li – and the long-awaited sequel to her husband Li Cunxin's bestselling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer. Mary’s Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream, and sacrificing one’s own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion – and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world’s most beloved books. Mary Li (nee McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer – but that book told only half the story. Growing up in a rambunctious family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an extraordinary early passion for ballet. It saw her move to London at age sixteen, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with the likes of Nureyev, and later to Houston Ballet, where as Principal Dancer she fell in love with the acclaimed dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world, and were happier than they could have imagined at the arrival of their firstborn daughter, Sophie. Then right at the height of her international career, Mary seemingly disappeared from view. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed, so talented, to give it all away in a heartbeat? Now, almost twenty years on, we learn what happened next to this inspiring family, and why it is Mary’s turn to tell a truly remarkable tale.

The Peasant Prince

'This is your one chance.

Author: Li Cunxin

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 1742537219

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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'This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true . . . ' In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world . . . So begins The Peasant Prince, the true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life. Based upon his internationally best-selling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer, this remarkable picture book captures the essence of one of the most inspiring stories to come from China in many years. With hauntingly beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Anne Spudvilas, Li's journey of courage and determination is simply told, and as powerful as any fairytale.

The Handbook for Closet Conservatives

“There hasn't been a pro-American movie in twentyfive years,” said Australian
producer Bruce Beresford in 2009 when his film, Mao's Last Dancer, was
released in the United States. It told the true story of a Chinese ballet dancer who
spent a ...

Author: Leften Wright

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475976283

Category: Humor

Page: 158

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If you feel like barfing every time you read about him marrying him or think we should abolish busing now that many of our schools are war zones, but are afraid to say it in the liberal world we live in—don’t. Don’t say anything until you hear what Leften Wright has to say. He tells you what to say and not say, what to do and not do, and have a good time while doing or not doing it. A little humor is a deadly thing to liberals. Global warming is a religion. School vouchers are a greater threat than terrorism. They see racism everywhere. Fracking is Frankensteinian. Anything good for America is bad. Wright shares his strategies with you on how to make your way through that world, and have a great time while doing it. He suggests profiting like Al “Jazeera” Gore from the unwinnable fight against climate change and sneaking plastic bottles into your liberal neighbors’ paper-only bin in the dead of night. It would be prudent to slip this book into that jacket your child made at preschool. If you are reading it on a tablet, be prepared to press the “Bats Endangered” button if you sense someone peeking.

The Cochlear Story

Li Cunxin, immortalised with the title 'Mao's Last Dancer', was visiting the home of
his Australian partner in life and on stage, Mary McKendry. In the north-eastern
capital of Queensland, in the land Down Under, the weather was clear and warm

Author: Veronica Bondarew


ISBN: 0643097511

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

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This book documents the human story behind that development. It delves into the commercial planning and implementation that led to the products success in an international, highly competitive market, and the human drama that was experienced in achieving it.

Becoming a Therapist

I remember reading the life story of a Chinese dancer (Cunxin, 2003). It is also a
movie, Mao's Last Dancer. Li Cunxin grew up in a very poor village in rural China
. At age 11, he was chosen for a ballet dance troupe in Beijing. At the dance ...

Author: Thomas M. Skovholt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111817819X

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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Praise for Becoming a Therapist "This resource is filled with practical and personal advice, relevant stories, and examples, and reads more like help from a friend than a typical textbook." —Roberta L. Nutt, PhD, ABPP, Visiting Professor and Training Director, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Houston "Ah, now this is the book I wish had been available when I entered the field. Tom Skovholt has defined the initial experiences and followed the process through to the culmination of the therapeutic experience in a truly great book. Becoming a Therapist is a major contribution to our field." —Arthur (Andy) M. Horne, Dean and Distinguished Research Professor, College of Education, The University of Georgia; President-Elect, Society of Counseling Psychology "Becoming a Therapist's informal style is accessible and engaging and yet soundly grounded in evidence and in the wisdom Skovholt has developed through his career-long research on psychotherapists and their development." —Rodney K. Goodyear, PhD, Professor, School of Education, University of Redlands; Emeritus Professor of Education (Counseling Psychology), University of Southern California Essential guidance for mental health professionals navigating the start of their helping careers Written for those entering a career in the helping professions, Becoming a Therapist: On the Path to Mastery explores the therapeutic career path for new practitioners, painting a vivid portrait of the novice therapist's journey. This practical book guides you in using the helping relationship to improve the lives of others, whether your chosen profession is in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, school counseling, addictions counseling, family therapy, medicine, community counseling, pastoral counseling, or academic advising. Destined to become the resource every new practitioner turns to again and again, Becoming a Therapist prepares you for the reality of what it means to be a beginning therapist, with relevant discussion of: The fifteen indispensable qualities of every mental health professional The unfolding practitioner self Self-care for burnout prevention and resiliency development The importance of culturally competent practice to practitioner expertise Practice, research/theory, and personal life: the practitioner's learning triangle The significance of peer relationships in the novice experience Steeped in author Thomas Skovholt's years of experience, Becoming a Therapist thoroughly and clearly illustrates the excitement, intensity, anxiety—and, ultimately, the satisfaction—you can expect as a helping professional.

Mao s Last Revolution

February 24, 1965, Mao Zedong sent his wife Jiang Qing to Shanghai on an
undercover mission to light the first spark of ... and Mao had long enjoyed
dancing and dalliance with a bevy of attractive young women, often from cultural
troupes, ...

Author: Roderick MACFARQUHAR

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674040414

Category: History

Page: 752

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The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. Before 1966, China was a typical communist state, with a command economy and a powerful party able to keep the population under control. But during the Cultural Revolution, in a move unprecedented in any communist country, Mao unleashed the Red Guards against the party. Tens of thousands of officials were humiliated, tortured, and even killed. Order had to be restored by the military, whose methods were often equally brutal. In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it (which Chinese publications conceal). In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. The movement veered out of control and terror paralyzed the country. Power struggles raged among Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Qing--Mao's wife and leader of the Gang of Four--while Mao often played one against the other. After Mao's death, in reaction to the killing and the chaos, Deng Xiaoping led China into a reform era in which capitalism flourishes and the party has lost its former authority. In its invaluable critical analysis of Chairman Mao and its brilliant portrait of a culture in turmoil, "Mao's Last Revolution" offers the most authoritative and compelling account to date of this seminal event in the history of China.


Like AustraliandirectorBruce Beresford's feature film of the ballet
virtuosoturneddefector Li Cunxin's memoir Mao's Last Dancer (2010), they
circulate in bootleg editions inChina, one of the only places in the world with a
thriving black market for ...

Author: Linda Jaivin

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780233000

Category: Travel

Page: 192

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Reaktion’s new CityScopes series consists of concise, illustrated guides that provide a social and urban history from a city’s beginnings to the present day. Written by authors with unique and intimate knowledge of each city, these books offer fascinating vignettes on the quintessential and the quirky. In the first book of the series, Linda Jaivin explores a city at the heart of one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the capital of its newest superpower—Beijing. In China’s central city, Jaivin finds thousands of years of history dating back to our ancestors, a story that includes dynastic empires, sieges, massacres, rebellions, and political spectacle. Recounting the lively history of the city, Jaivin discovers the Peking Man and the capital’s many legendary incarnations, such as the Cambaluc that Marco Polo wrote about in awe. She reveals it to be full of charismatic personalities and dramatic events, a place that has produced some of China’s most iconic works of literature, theater, and music. She also offers thought-provoking essays on contemporary topics ranging from the elemental problems of air and water to the vibrant art scene and the architectural adventurism of the city’s “hyperbuildings.” Generously illustrated, this guide provides helpful maps and suggested itineraries as well as practical recommendations for hotels, restaurants, museums, and other sites. Taking readers to lakeshores, down into the subway, and around the bustling art districts, Beijing is the ultimate introduction to this extraordinary city for travelers and armchair explorers alike.

Language Toolkit for New Zealand 2

... Cunxin, Li, Mao's Last Dancer, Young Reader's Edition, Puffin, Victoria, 2003, p
. 134; Maloney, James, A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, University of Queensland
Press, Brisbane, 1996, p. 146; Tony Thompson, Shakespeare: The most famous

Author: Andrea Hayes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107624703

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 180

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Language Toolkit for New Zealand Book 2 is a workbook to support the development of language and literacy skills through various communication modes. Students will develop the skills they need to read, view, listen and speak, and to write and create their own texts in a variety of contexts and for a variety of audiences and purposes. The units in Language Toolkit for New Zealand Book 2 are organised around different text types, including multimodal texts that provide a context for the development of language skills. • Grammatical rules are clearly and simply explained. • Comprehension, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary exercises build language and literacy skills. • Spelling lists and dictionary exercises encourage vocabulary development and confidence. • Revision exercises allow students to review their progress and strengthen their understanding and confidence from one unit to the next.

Graeme Clark

In her spare time, Sophie volunteers at Hear For You mentoring deaf teenagers.
Li Cunxin Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet Author of Mao's Last Dancer
INTRODUCTION An (extra)ordinary couple I had met Professor Graeme and.

Author: Mark Worthing

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1925267768

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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As a young man, Graeme Clark read about Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie and other great scientists, little knowing that one day he would join their ranks. After watching his father struggle with hearing problems, Graeme knew he wanted to find a solution to deafness. Graeme became a surgeon, and his quiet persistence and methodical approach yielded results that fulfilled his childhood dream. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people have now received the gift of hearing from the cochlear implant he developed. The first major medical 'bionic' implant technology, it has transformed the everyday lives of people who are profoundly deaf. Throughout his career, his belief that the impossible could be achieved, his strong family support and his Christian faith have sustained him through many obstacles, and helped him overcome resistance to his ideas from people who doubted them. This new biography tells the inspiring story of Graeme's life, and the triumphs and the setbacks behind the invention of the bionic ear. 'I found Mark Worthing's story of Graeme Clark moving and inspiring. It captures the spirit of a truly amazing man who changed the life of our daughter and of many thousands of others in the world.' - Li Cunxin, author of Mao's Last Dancer 'An interesting and sometimes moving biography of a fascinating scientific pioneer who helped to bring hearing to the profoundly deaf.' - Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Nobel Laureate

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Silent Fall 1996. Last Dance 1997. Paradise Road 1999. Sydney: A Story of a
City (d); Double Jeopardy, 2002. Evelyn. 2003. And Starring Pancho Villa as
Himself (TV), 2006. The Contract. Orpheus (TV), 2009. Mao's Last Dancer 2011:
Peace, ...

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101874708

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1168

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For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books

R 5-8 yrs LI CUNXIN Dancing to Freedom : The True Story of Maos Last Dancer ;
illus . by Anne Spudvilas . Walker , 2008 40p Library ed . ISBN 978-0-8027-9778-
0 ) $ 17.85 Trade ed . ISBN 978-0-8027-9777-3 $ 16.95 Usually , the story of a ...




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Australian Book Review

Peter Temple : The Broken Shore 10. Li Cunxin : Mao's Last Dancer 1. Kate
Grenville : The Secret River 2. Robert Drewe : Grace 3. Andrew McGahan : The
White Earth 4. Alfred Poulos : Silent Threat 5. Robert Manne ( ed . ) : Do Not
Disturb 6.




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The Film Encyclopedia 7th Edition

Author: Ephraim Katz

Publisher: Collins Reference


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1602

View: 436

Features alphabetically organized entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of movies, including style, genres, actors and actresses, directors, producers, and motion picture studios.

Read On Life Stories

Li , Cunxin Mao's Last Dancer . ... At age 11 , he was picked for Madame Mao's
ballet academy in Beijing . His initial dislike of the dance classes gave way to a
steely determination to excel and at 18 he was chosen for a cultural exchange ...

Author: Rosalind Reisner

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

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Offers descriptions of 450 published memoirs, grouped by such topics as setting, language, unusual childhoods, life in rural America, spiritual journeys, and family relationships.

Talking Book Topics

The Last Ridge : The Epic Story of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and
the Assault on Hitler's Europe RC 60441 by ... RC 60379 Lewin , Ted Tooth and
Claw : Animal Adventures in the Wild RC 60845 Li Cunxin Mao's Last Dancer RC




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Australian Hotelier

HGA Strikes Gold The crowds converged on the Gold Coast last month for the
HOSPITALITY AND GAMING ... trainer , Simon Treselyan , former cross country
champion , Janine Shepherd , and Mao's Last Dancer author Li Cunxin .




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