In 1984, architect Scott Warren comes to China on a scholarship to study Daoist buildings, just at the time when the liberalisation policies of Deng Xiaoping are unfolding and Chinese people are experiencing new freedoms. Twenty-three years later he returns, to honour his dead wife's request to take her ashes back to China. He encounters a country that has been propelled into international commerce, culture and politics that has Western-style prosperity yet continued human rights restrictions and one-party rule. In this complexity, Scott confronts painful memories and revisits the past, which merges dangerously with the present.
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"In 1984, architect Scott Warren goes to Wudangshan in China on a scholarship to study Daoist buildings, just at the time when liberalisation is occurring and Chinese people have new freedoms. While there, he studies martial arts and makes some important friendships. Tweny-three years later, he returns to the same town, bringing his dead wife's ashes back to China. As he re-meets people he knew. Scott confronts painful memories, and we learn how his youth and political naivety led to his friend's death and marriage to his friend's wife. Now, he threatens to repeat his mistakes when he becomes involved with activists and embroiled in political danger once again"--Publishers information.… (more)