Shanghai Acrobat

Shanghai Acrobat

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An artfully-wrought memoir of an orphan boy who became a world-famous acrobat under the thumb of China’s Communist regime.

In 1949, when much of China’s population was starving under the reign of Communist leader Mao Zedong, two-year-old Jingjing Xue was dropped off at a Shanghai orphanage. At nine years old, following the Communist Revolution when acrobats were pushed to the lowest stratum of society, the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe had to turn to orphanages to… (more)