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A 1992 Slice of Life Science Fiction Alternate History novel by Maureen F. McHugh set in a future world dominated by Communist China. The book is made up of several loosely connected stories following the maturation of the Chinese/Puerto Rican main character who goes by both Rafael Zhang and Zhang Zhongshan in different situations.


This novel provides examples of:

  • Character Title: "China Mountain" would be a reasonable translation of 中山, or zhōngshān.
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  • China Takes Over the World: The entire premise. China is the dominant power in the world and controls North America outright.
  • Gayngst: A major cause of angst for the eponymous character Zhongshan Zhang and co, cumulates in Haibao's suicide. Somewhat justified for according to The Other Wiki homosexual conduct wasn't officially decriminalized in mainland China when this book was written.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: San-Xiang. She finally gets it but what happens afterwards is horrible.


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