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The Red Mirror : Children Of China's Cultural Revolution - Chihua Wen

The Red Mirror

Children Of China's Cultural Revolution

Paperback Published: 30th December 1994
ISBN: 9780813324883
Number Of Pages: 196

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These evocative stories bring to life the tragic personal impact of the Cultural Revolution on the families of China's intellectuals. Now adults, survivors recall their childhood during the tumultuous years between 1965 and 1976, when Mao's death finally drew a curtain on a bitterly failed social and political experiment.A series of first-person narratives eloquently describes the life-long influence of this seminal period on China's children. Those who were teenagers in the late 1960s joined the Red Guards and the revolutionary rebel groups, following Mao's directives to make revolution, often to their own undoing. Those who were too young to participate directly were even more vulnerable. Although they had little understanding of the political firestorm that engulfed their parents, they were old enough to understand and feel the terror it brought. Vividly capturing the emotional intensity of the time, these stories explore what it was like to be caught up in revolutionary fervor, to be sent to the countryside, to be separated--either ideologically or physically--from one's parents, often forever.By undermining families and family structure, the Cultural Revolution created a generation of Chinese who view politics, the Communist Party, and life itself with deep cynicism. Presenting a spectrum of individual stories of people who saw the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of a child, "The Red Mirror" offers rare insights for understanding the crippling legacy of the Cultural Revolution.

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Author's Introductionp. 1
The Storiesp. 29
Prisoners And Wardensp. 31
Butterflies And Rainp. 42
Familiar Weaponsp. 55
Poems and Pigsp. 65
Iron Grandmap. 87
For a Little Lovep. 95
Sustaining Lifep. 107
A Proper Ladyp. 116
In Corky's Footstepsp. 122
Class Originsp. 136
Presumed Guiltp. 144
No Adolescencep. 159
Postscriptp. 166
About the Book and Authorp. 169
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ISBN: 9780813324883
ISBN-10: 0813324882
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 30th December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 13.82  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1