From Mao to Now: Introducing Odysseys TD Jackie Zhang’s New History Book Posted September 21, 2020
We are incredibly lucky and proud to work with each of our tour directors – their passion, knowledge, and personality are what set our tours apart from the rest. And Jackie Zhang, one of the TDs on our China tours, has put his knowledge and passion for storytelling to good use – by writing a book!
From Mao to Now: China’s Modern History in a Life Story
Click on the link or photo above to buy Jackie’s book!
Jackie has led an amazing life, from being born in a cave in rural China to learning English on his own, to eventually owning a successful business and leading tours for Odysseys on the side. Below is an email that Jackie sent us a few days ago, where he takes you through his idea for writing the book, his process, and the types of stories you’ll encounter upon reading.
One of the more interesting nuggets of the story – Jackie hadn’t ever planned on writing a book until speaking to two travelers in one of his Odysseys groups, a husband and wife who work as professors and helped him to write and publish his stories!
We hope you enjoy learning about the modern history of China through Jackie’s eyes – here is an excerpt of his email to us:
I published a book.
I told my stories on the bus during the long distance drive, all the people enjoyed my stories, and they said my stories were very significant and I should write a book.
In 2016, when I was telling my stories on the bus and I recorded my stories on my iPhone, one lady said, “Your stories are really unique and fascinating, you should write a book.” I said, “Many people told me so, but I only know how to tell my stories, I don’t have a formal education, I don’t know how to write a book.”
She said, “I do, I’m a linguistic professor, my husband is also a professor, we can help you to do it.” After the trip finished, I gave her my recordings, she and other people in my group transcribed my talking to a book, and I put lots of photos in it.
Now the book is published as a Kindle version; you can find it on amazon.com by searching: From Mao to Now.
If you read my book, it’s just like sitting on the bus and listening to my stories and traveling with me in China.
From my book you can see what happened to regular people on the ground level during 1949-2019, it shows the changes of modern history, economic development, culture and behavior difference between Chinese and Americans, and it also inspires young people to go for their dreams.
The book is very vivid and picturesque, it is very interesting and fun to read, it can bring you some laugh at the quarantine time, hope you enjoy it and please let me your feelings after reading it.
Thank you and best wishes.