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Jin YanThe Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai$
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Richard J. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622095861

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622095861.001.0001

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Growing Up in Exile

Growing Up in Exile

(p.1) Chapter 1 Growing Up in Exile
Jin Yan

Richard J. Meyer

Hong Kong University Press

After being erased from memory during the Cultural Revolution, the so-called “Emperor of Film”, Jin Yan, reemerged in the main gallery of the National Film Museum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chinese film in 2005. Jin Yan's life spanned the most turbulent period in modern Chinese history. Born in Korea during the Japanese occupation, he was taken as a child to China for safety. His story through the years enabled him to survive under the corrupt Republican government of the Guomindang (KMT), the Japanese aggression against Shanghai, World War II, the Chinese Civil War, the victory of the Communists (CCP), the Cultural Revolution and the beginning of Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms. Back then, the memory of his childhood and the struggles of the Korean people against their Japanese overlords were to influence him and his career for the rest of his life.

Keywords:   Jin Yan, Shanghai, Cultural Revolution, Emperor of Film, China, Korea, Chinese film, World War II, Chinese Civil War, Communists

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