A politically incorrect memoir
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As China opens itself to the world and undertakes historic economic reforms, a little girl in the southern city of Guangzhou immerses herself in a world of fantasy and foreign influences while grappling with the mundane vagaries of Communist rule. She happily immigrates to Oakland, California, expecting her new life to be far better in all ways than life in China. Instead, she discovers crumbling schools, unsafe streets, and racist people. In the land of the free, she comes of age amid the dysfunction of a city’s brokenness and learns to hate in the shadows of urban decay. This is the incredible story of her journey from China to an American ghetto and how she prevailed.
“Direct and unvarnished, this book describes the endless possibilities of a free society that allows its citizens to chart their own destiny. Ying Ma takes her readers to dark corners where poverty, crime, and racism reign, all the while reminding us that even amid a sea of hate, individuals can choose to believe in kindness, decency, personal responsibility, and racial equality.”
— Ward Connerly, Founder and President, American Civil Rights Institute, and author, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences
“A beautiful account of a young girl’s encounter with the insidiousness of authoritarianism in China and the tragedies of inner-city America. Ying Ma boldly details some of the worst imperfections of American society, all the while showing, with her own example, why freedom is worth choosing.”
— Xiao Qiang, Adjunct Professor, University of California at Berkeley; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times; and Chinese human rights activist
Reviews, Recommendations and Interviews
Ying Ma spoke to the Conservative Women’s Forum about her book. The forum is a monthly gathering co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. March 20, 2015. (View video here.)
Politichicks interviews Ying Ma about her book, August 4, 2013.
Ying Ma spoke to Reason TV about her book, growing up in post-Mao China, experiencing the exhilaration of China’s economic reforms, and why U.S. policymakers are wrong to fawn all over China’s state-centric approach to economic planning, January 4, 2013. (Watch video here.)
Ying Ma spoke to the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute‘s 2012 Western Women’s Summit at the Reagan Ranch Center about China, economic freedom and her book, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, April 13, 2012. (To watch the speech, please click here.)
FOX and Friends talks to Ying Ma about her book, government handouts and the immigrant experience, March 29, 2012
The John Batchelor Show hosts Ying Ma for an extensive interview about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, November 12, 2011.
America’s Morning News, a nationally syndicated morning-drive radio news show, speaks to Ying Ma about the dark side of Chinese state capitalism and Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, November 7, 2011. (Note: The discussion begins at approximately minute 15:46 and ends at 21:00.)
FoxNews Radio Station in Minnesota Interviews Ying Ma about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto and China, September 28, 2011. (Note: The discussion begins at minute 14:40 and ends around minute 34:35.)
The Armstrong and Getty Show, one of Northern California’s top morning radio shows, interviews Ying Ma for a full hour about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, September 14, 2011.
The Armstrong and Getty Show, a top morning radio show in Northern California, interviews Ying Ma about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, August 16, 2011 (Note: The interview begins at minute 9:40.).
Asian-American blogger praises Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, August 13, 2011.
A National Review Online symposium recommends Chinese Girl in the Ghetto for summer reading, July 1, 2011.
Veteran White House reporter recommends Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, March 25, 2011.