Under Red Skies is an examination of the generational bonds and divisions of the Kan family and the panoramic effects of China’s changing societal norms and fast-growing economy, where some succeed and others are destined to fail.
Karoline Kan, a twenty-five-year-old Chinese native and investigative reporter, offers a poignant examination of China’s history through the lens of three generations as they navigate hope and survival in the divided lines of country and city life. Kan tells the inspiring stories of her grandfather, who secretly hid government portions of rice in his hat to prevent his children from starving in the years of the Great Famine; her mother’s resistance to the Second Child Policy; her cousin’s work at a shoe factory; and the moral compromise of her Red Guard uncles after Mao Zedong’s death. Through these defiant characters, Kan questions the complexities of life as a Chinese millennial–for better or worse–as the country’s fate unfolds.
Under Red Skies is an engrossing eyewitness history that explores the shifting sands of China’s tumultuous politics and the future of those who will inherit it.