Rich or poor, lucky in life or oppressed by it, we each must eventually accept the lot we were given and play the hand we have been dealt or else be but a pawn in a game where others determine the outcome for us.
Many international observers fail to appreciate that religion in China has never been treated as a matter of personal choice. It's hard to imagine that the current regime would suddenly start to view things differently.
A Sudden Dawn is delicious candy with a grain of medicine at its core. If you have the slightest interest in Chinese history, and if you yourself have wrestled with some of the profound truths of Buddhism, get a copy.