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The Monkey and the Dragon

The Monkey and the Dragon book cover
The Monkey and the Dragon

First published in 2001

The Monkey and the Dragon is a memoir, biography and travel book

Linda Jaivin first met Hou Dejian, a Taiwan popstar, in 1981. She charts his fascinating life and their enduring friendship against the backdrop of Chinese politics and culture.

Hou defects to the mainland and participates in the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Moreover, He hides in the Australian embassy. However, he is eventually expelled, being the first Taiwan defector to be ‘returned to sender’. Linda reveals the personal and political tumult of a transforming China. Besides, Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, plays a major role in the story.

In conclusion, this book provides an intimate insight into the man who has become China’s most famous and celebrated pro-democracy activist – and prisoner of conscience.

Praise for The Monkey and the Dragon

‘Simple and unpretentious… lively and likeable… a fine piece of reconstructed reportage, in which the author wisely allows events to speak for themselves… Jaivin’s narrative moves from lighthearted absurdity to movingly rendered tragedy.’

The Age

‘Jaivin picks carefully through the myths and inaccuracies that still surround the demonstrations and subsequent massacre, never losing her narrative drive… The combination of Jaivin’s pop status and her passion-infused yet clean prose bringing the personal and political tumult… to a new audience.’

The Bulletin

‘A fresh and insightful perspective.’

China Journal