Can a lusty North American woman find truth, meaning and love in post-Cultural Revolution China?
In 1980, Gail Pellett, a producer for radio and TV, moved from New York to Beijing to work as a "foreign expert" at Radio Beijing, China's equivalent to the Voice of America. Invited for her expertise and American-Canadian perspective, she was then treated as a Western spy. Chinese colleagues, acquaintances and, most painfully, lovers were warned away.
During a pivotal moment in post Cultural Revolution China when windows were being thrown open - and then, slammed shut -- this story records Pellett's journey from hope, naivete and ignorance through profound disillusionment and emotional pain to enlightenment in her efforts to taste Mao's forbidden fruit.
About the Author:
Gail Pellett is originally from Victoria and Vancouver, Canada but has lived in New York for 40 years with a year out in Beijing in 1980. A writer, director, and producer of award-winning TV and radio documentaries, her wide-ranging work has appeared on PBS, NPR, NBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica Radio. She has published feature articles in the Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones and the Village Voice, as well as in webzines--Truthout, Common Dreams, Moyers Media and the Pan-Asia Photography Review. "Forbidden Fruit - 1980 Beijing, a Memoir" is Pellett's first book. For years Pellett has reported on the "world out there." "Forbidden Fruit" is her first work turning a lens on herself. She now divides her time between New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico.