New book ‘Winter in China’ depicts trials faced by American educator living in China

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Bert Stern tells the story of an American expatriate's impact on Chinese higher education

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“Winter in China: An American Life”, offers the American reader opportunity to travel through sixty years of twentieth century Chinese history, as Robert Winter did in his life there from 1923 to 1987, the year of his death. This is the fascinating story of Winter’s journey through China’s thick and thins, and also of the remarkable circumstances that allowed this story to be told by a biographer who met Winter when the expatriate was already ninety-seven.

Robert Winter is a figure right out of an adventure movie. While teaching in China’s most prestigious universities, he also risked his life in espionage acts under Japanese occupation, and suffered many of the same hardships suffered by Chinese during Mao’s several anti-intellectual campaign. Winter did nothing by half measures, whether it be daring acts of resistance, teaching, painting, gardening, nutrition, or travel to places where few outsiders have traveled. Through it all, though exiled from America, he fought for the highest principles of freedom upon which the United States was founded.

The book is informed by vivid excerpts from Winter’s diary, such as this description of people fleeing outside the city gates of Kunming during Japanese air raids: “Old women with babies strapped on their backs, opium smokers with their pipes, cripples, students with packages of books, house-wives with bound feet clutching a clock to their bosom or some other valuable tied in their person somewhere are all mixed up with the cars of the rich and the trucks belonging to the larger offices.” Reading such scenes against their historical context, the reader will come away with a keen sense of what it was like to live in China during some of the most tumultuous years of its history.

By Bert Stern
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 378 pages | ISBN 9781499006377
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 378 pages | ISBN 9781499006384
E-Book | 378 pages | ISBN 9781499006360
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Bert Stern pens educator’s determination to make impact on Chinese education

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Bert Stern is a teacher, poet, writer, and editor is an emeritus professor at Wabash College. He also taught at the University of Thessaloniki and Peking University. He presently leads a program for probationers called Changing Lives Through Literature. Stern has received grants from Fulbright and Lilly Foundations, from the Office of Education for travel and study in India, and from PICAS to study Chinese cultural history at the University of Michigan. His essays and poems have appeared in books, reviews and magazines. He is currently residing at Somerville, Massachusetts.

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