The Book War - Wang Ping

“When I was six, the Cultural Revolution spread to the island where I lived. It was in the East China Sea. It crushed my dream to read every good book on earth.”

Photo by Maria Vassett

The Book War

by Wang Ping

Wang Ping starts a banned book club during the Cultural Revolution in China. 

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Wang Ping as a child.


Ping, her mother, and her sister.


Ping on her first day at Beijing University.