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After the Bitter Comes the Sweet

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Should a woman be punished for marrying a foreigner? Yulin Wang grew up in poverty in wartime China and eagerly joined the Communist Party, which educated her. In 1956, she married Sidney Rittenberg, an idealistic American who had stayed in China to help the Communists after 1949. Working for Radio Peking, they had four children and a good life until the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, when her husband was jailed on false charges of spying. Taunted by her colleagues as a "dog-spy's wife," Yulin was locked up with her children, persecuted at work, and sent to "reeducation" camps, with no news of her husband. In this memoir, she tells her tumultuous life story, a tale of determination, resilience, and struggle.

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