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The Diary of Ma Sicong (2017) – The Communist Party Attempts To Whitewash My Life Story With Flattery.

I died more than 30 years ago at the age of 75 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, much has been written about me, my work, family, and circumstances. Some have been accurate, much not. That is why I decided to write a candid book about what happened.

Once Mao was gone, I was asked, on several occasions, by succeeding Communist Party governments to return home with honors. I was tempted. My music spoke volumes about China’s history and traditions and my roots. Unfortunately, I found it impossible to resolve how my family and I were marginalized.

As most people know, the Chinese Communist Party never says, “I’m sorry.” They see it as a sign of weakness, embarrassment. Ironically, despite my protestations, while alive, I was given a hero’s welcome home in death. They whitewashed my life story with a stamp, an envelope, and a museum. I will always see it as too little, too late.



Read The King of Violins: The Extraordinary Life of Ma Sciong, China’s Greatest Violin Virtuoso by M.G. Crisci and Cheng Ken Chi, Ph.D., the heartbreaking story of China’s most celebrated violin prodigy, Ma Sicong, who composes his first concerto at the age of 12, becomes China’s most celebrated violin prodigy, and ultimately an enemy of the state.

“A perfectly balanced symphony that honors truth and dignity. You’ll feel as though you are sitting on Ma’s shoulder as his complicated life unfolds.”
– US Review of Books

“Remarkable. The bittersweet story of Ma Sicong’s dignified, often tumultuous life, and the way it was told, left me feeling I had met Ma–and was better because of it.”
– Independent Book Review

“The King of Violins is a must-read that will stay with you. It’s filled with so many involving themes and surprising twists that you’ll become engrossed trying to figure out what might be coming next.”
– International Review of Books

DATE: Dec.30.2020 | CATEGORY: My Books