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Mao's Last Dancer

by Li Cunxin

Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
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    Mar 2004, 444 pages
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    Mar 2005, 480 pages

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At the age of 34 Li realized his career as a dancer would soon be over, so he began to study at the Australian Securities Institute (in between rehearsals and performances) qualifying as a stockbroker two years later.  Today he lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and three children and works as a stockbroker.  He also finds time to work with many charities, including UNICEF.

He is an avid supporter of The Cochlear Research Institute in Australia which conducts ongoing research and provides support to those who cannot afford the implant.  The cause is close to his heart as his first child was born profoundly deaf and, at four-years-old, became one of the youngest children to receive a cochlear implant. Sophie is now 15 years-old and excels in jazz, tap, and ballet.
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