About the book

Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage during China’s Revolution and Reform (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)


VOICES CARRY is the moving autobiography of one of China’s most prominent citizens of the twentieth century. Beginning with his imprisonment during the Cultural Revolution, Ying Ruocheng’s narrative takes us through unexpectedly amusing adventures during his incarceration before flashing back to his childhood and the legacy of his elite Manchu Catholic family. An internationally renowned actor, director, and translator, Ying Ruocheng held a high government post as Vice Minister of Culture before and during the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Recounting his days as a student and actor during China’s civil war and revolution, as well as episodes ranging from his partnership with Arthur Miller on Death of a Salesman to his role in Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor during the era of reform, Ying Ruocheng’s memoir provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of contemporary Chinese culture and politics. While suffering from cirrhosis of the liver during the final decade of his life, Ying reflected on his experiences, collaborating with coauthor Claire Conceison to tell his story.