Grown up in Europe, Peter Peverelli witnesses the final, and very turbulent, year of the Cultural Revolution. He is the first and last Dutch student in China to work in a rural commune and in a department store as part of the curriculum. When Prime Minister Zhou Enlai dies, he personally offers his condolences to Zhou’s widow. But he is also forced to flee his dormitory during the destructive earthquake of July 1976.
Peter’s diary allows us to learn how his experience affected the world outlook of young Western students. They were opinionated and critical, as reflected in the language of the book, but also tried to make sense of China with an open mind. They had to rely heavily on one another to find their way in a culture completely alien to them.
Peter Peverelli (Holland, 1956) studied Chinese language and culture. He received two PhD’s (in Arts and Business Administration) and spent most of his occupational life as a consultant, specializing in cooporation between Western and Chinese enterprises. More recently, he has turned part of his energy to academic teaching and research again. His leading publications are Chinese Corporate Identity (Routledge 2006) and Chinese Entrepreneurship (co-authored with Jiwen Song; Springer 2012). He married a Chinese lady in 1984. They are looking forward to celebrating their 30th anniversary in June 2014.
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