Da Chen once said he arrived in the United States with about US$30 and his bamboo flute. Photo: AFP

Colours of the Mountain author Da Chen dies at 57

  • His breakthrough book in 1999 drew on the abuses he and his family suffered during China’s Cultural Revolution
  • Banished from school and sent to labour camps, he returned to education after Mao Zedong’s death, excelled and found a new life in the United States
Topic |   China Society
Da Chen once said he arrived in the United States with about US$30 and his bamboo flute. Photo: AFP
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