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Chasing Hepburn: A Memoir of Shanghai, Hollywood, and a Chinese Family's Fight for Freedom Book Review Summary

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Gus Lee embarks on a massive endeavor: recounting the story of his parents' lives and how their lives were influenced by their parents. Starting with his ancestors, Lee simultaneously tells the story of 19th and 20th Century China.

No details are varinshed over. Lee had a family member who was an opium addict who squandered what wealth his and his wife's family had. The family relationships are very entertwined as many generations live under the same roof. The inter-familial conflicts are many. Lee's father was remote and distant, but he had led a difficult life and his career in the military was not any easier. However, the Lee family was respected and in a position to know many political figures that shaped Chinese political events. As World War II approaches, Lee's father is in a position to visit the United States. One of his favorite actresses is Katherine Hepburn, whom he meets on one of his visits.

In recounting these stories from his parents, it is clear that Lee is attempting to better understand his father and mother, their relationship with each other, and how their lives affected their youngest child and only son.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Chinese Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   American (west coast) Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   airforce pilot Ethnicity    -   Chinese Nationality    -   Chinese

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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