Friday, June 20, 2008

"Socialism is Great"

A fascinating review of Lijia Zhang's "Socialism is Great" from Peking Duck through a time of upheaval. My mother's side of the family lived through the Cultural Revolution in China and while I'm inclined to believe that there really haven't been very many fun times in China over the past century, those were particularly terrible times for my grandmother (on my mother's side) in particular. I've heard some other fairly haunting stories of those times so it's interesting to see how China has changed while the memories and often the bitterness remains.

"Socialism is Great" largely covers the intersect between the transition from Socialism in the 80s to whatever you want to call it now. I haven't read it, but I'd like to.

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