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September 21, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ashland Public Library
66 Front Street

Ashland, MA 01721
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Bio/Memoir Book Club: Read 'Swimming to Freedom' by Kent Wong *For Adults

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

For this month's Biography/Memoir Book Club we'll be discussing "Swimming to Freedom: My Untold Story of Escaping the Cultural Revolution" by Kent Wong.

Join the conversation as we discuss Swimming to Freedom by Kent Wong, "a deeply personal, heart-wrenching memoir of the author's upbringing in Communist China during the Cultural Revolution and his tenacious flight to freedom against all odds."

"Kent Wong's Swimming to Freedom is a memoir of a childhood amid revolutionary times, where boyish adventures and school days mixed with dire poverty and political persecution. A decade later the Cultural Revolution closed schools, plunged the country into chaos, and scattered Kent and his sisters to disparate villages where they struggled to eke out a bare existence.  When Kent began to realize he had no future in China, he heard about fellow countrymen braving extraordinary hardship to reach freedom by swimming across miles of open water to Hong Kong and decided to risk his life for a better future.

Swimming to Freedom is an extraordinary account of a largely unknown chapter in history, when an estimated half million 'Freedom Swimmers' risked everything to escape hardship and oppression. It is a gripping memoir and a moving testament to the human spirit."

 We'll have copies of the book at the library for you to borrow or you can order it from our online catalog.

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