The Dragon's Village (1980) is an autobiography of a young city
girl who took part in land reform in a remote mountain village as a teenager.
This book will engage students personally while giving them a firsthand
account of how the revolution developed.
The young protagonist, Guan Ling-ling, chooses to remain in China on
the eve of the Communist victory, while her family and fiancé flee
to Hong Kong in 1949. After joining a revolutionary theater group, she
departs her hometown of Shanghai to carry out the new reforms in China’s
countryside. In a peasant village in Gansu province, located in China’s
far northwest, Ling-ling’s patriotism and dedication to the ideals
of the revolution are tested as she finds herself struggling not only
with the hardships of life and the morality of violence but also with
being a young woman in a male-dominated society.