Vessel by Chongda Cai audiobook

Vessel: A Memoir

By Chongda Cai
Read by Ewan Chung

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063038004
7.53 Hours 1
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An unprecedented and heartfelt memoir that illuminates the lives of rural Chinese workers, offering a portrait of generational strife, family, love, and loss that crosses cultures and time. Cai Chongda spent his childhood in a rural fishing village in Fujian province. When his father—a former communist gang leader turned gas station owner—has a stroke that partially paralyzes him, his responsibilities fall to Cai, his only son.  Assuming his new role as head of the family, Cai toils alongside his mother and older sister to pay the medical bills that have become a part of a rapidly changing Chinese society. As Cai works his way through university and moves to Beijing, eventually becoming the editorial director of GQ China, he finds his life increasingly at odds with the family he supports but has left behind. Like The Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy, Vessel neither romanticizes nor condemns the people and circumstances that shaped a young man’s life, but instead offers a way forward, revealing how tradition can enrich modern life.  Translated from the Chinese by Dylan Levi King

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An unprecedented and heartfelt memoir that illuminates the lives of rural Chinese workers, offering a portrait of generational strife, family, love, and loss that crosses cultures and time.

Cai Chongda spent his childhood in a rural fishing village in Fujian province. When his father—a former communist gang leader turned gas station owner—has a stroke that partially paralyzes him, his responsibilities fall to Cai, his only son. 

Assuming his new role as head of the family, Cai toils alongside his mother and older sister to pay the medical bills that have become a part of a rapidly changing Chinese society. As Cai works his way through university and moves to Beijing, eventually becoming the editorial director of GQ China, he finds his life increasingly at odds with the family he supports but has left behind.

Like The Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy, Vessel neither romanticizes nor condemns the people and circumstances that shaped a young man’s life, but instead offers a way forward, revealing how tradition can enrich modern life. 

Translated from the Chinese by Dylan Levi King

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Author Bio: Chongda Cai

Author Bio: Chongda Cai

Cai Chongda grew up in the small coastal town of Minnan in the Fujian province of China. At twenty-four, Cai became the News Editor of influential Chinese magazine, Modern Weekly. Three years later, he was hired by GQ China as Director of Reporting, becoming the youngest person to hold this position in GQ‘s seventeen international branches. In 2015, Cai branched into the fashion world, founding the menswear brand Magmode.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English