The Zone

The Zone
178 Pages
ISBN 978-1548407513

Nanjing. 1937. Two families are caught up in a conflict that will forever change their lives. In the summer of 1937, Japan attacks the city of Shanghai and thus begins their brutal campaign of the “three alls” – burn all, loot all, kill all. Like a tidal wave, they burn, loot, and kill all in their path along the Yangtze River. Their campaign ends with the horrendous rape of the city of Nanjing where 300,000 people were murdered and thousands of women raped.

Meizhen and her daughter Xue face these dangers every day. Months of air raids cause the pair to constantly move and seek shelter in an elusive International Safety Zone established by twenty-two westerners who have defied their governments’ orders to leave China.

Meanwhile, the Tan family struggle to stay safe from marauding groups of Japanese soldiers who prowl on the women of Nanjing. Fear and vigilance is the order of the day as the family struggles to search for their son Jun while keeping their teenage daughter Ling safe from Japanese soldiers.

Jada Tan Rufo

About Jada Tan Rufo (Hawaii Author)

Jada Tan Rufo

Jada Tan Rufo is a former English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher who spent fourteen years teaching in China. She is the author of Banana Girl: An Asian American Woman's Life in China, a memoir that takes place in a single school year in a small town in China.

Her new book, The Zone, is a historical novel that takes place in 1937 Nanking, now Nanjing during the period now known as the Rape of Nanking.

For updates check out her Banana Girl Facebook fan page at She also has a blog chronicling her re-entry experiences. Visit at

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