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China Witness: Voices from a Silent…

China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation

by Xinran

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An extraordinary work of oral history that illuminates the diverse ways in which the Chinese perceive and understand their own modern history.



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China's history experienced by millions during Mao's Cultural Revolution is captured in a series of interviews by a journalist. Her subjects are the grandparents and great-grandparents who survived imprisonment, re-education, famine, separation from their families and hard labor.

The author selected 50 ordinary individuals across China to interview. The interviews covered not only the tragedies and hardship that they experienced, but also their candid opinions of the changes that China has gone through since the end of the Mao's reign. A number of them agreed to be interviewed as long as their real names weren't used for fear of reprisals from the government.

Some of the interviews were more detailed than others, but on the whole, they were all very interesting. ( )
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