Karoline Kan, a young reporter at The New York Times in Beijing, offers a deeply personal and shocking look at how China is coming to terms with its conflicted, troubled and impoverished past as it emerges into a modern, cutting-edge superpower.
Through the stories of three generations of women in her family, Karoline reveals how they navigate change and survival, moving from rural villages, to vibrant towns, and through the urban streets of Beijing.
Candid, enlightening, and at times humorous, Karoline offers gripping tales of her grandmother, who struggled to make a way for her family during the Great Famine, her mother, who defied the One Child Policy so she could be born, her cousin, a shoe-factory worker scraping by on 6 yuan (0.88 cents) per hour; and Karoline’s own story, as an ambitious millennial striving to find a job and love during a time ripe with bewildering social change.
Under Red Skies is an engaging eyewitness account and Karoline’s quest to understand the shifting sands of China. The first English-language memoir from a Chinese millennial to be published in America, and a fascinating portrait of a hidden world from the perspective of those who live there.