Labelled 'a cooked seed', one who has no chance to sprout, Anchee Min wants to leave China
At seventeen, Anchee Min was spotted by one of Madame Mao's talent scouts and taken to the Shanghai Film Studio as the embodiment of a proletarian heroine.
But when Madame Mao was denounced, Min was guilty by association and labelled 'a cooked seed' - one who has no chance to sprout.
With no future in her homeland, she dares to dream of living in America. But first she has to work out how to get out of China.
Read by Chipo Chung
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.