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.