Jan Wong, a journalist and author, divides her time between Toronto and Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she is a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. She has worked as a reporter at the Montreal Gazette, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail. From 1988 to 1994, she was the Globe and Mail’s Beijing correspondent, where she covered the massacre at Tiananmen Square. A graduate of McGill University, Peking University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her first book, Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, was one of Time magazine’s top ten books of 1996. It remains banned in China. Her non-fiction books include: Lunch With: Sweet and Sour Celebrity Interviews and Jan Wong’s China: Reports from a Not-So-Foreign Correspondent. Her latest book is Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

My First Trip


My Long March from Mao to Now

Jan Wong
In my third year at McGill University in Montreal, a much older, married classmate suggested the two of us go to China during our summer vacation. I was 19; she was probably all of 25. When we applied for visas, she, a white Australian, was turned...