Growing Up in the People's Republic: Conversations between Two Daughters of China's Revolution
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Growing Up in the People's Republic: Conversations between Two Daughters of China's Revolution

by W. Ye, Ye Weili, Ma Xiaodong
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1403969965

ISBN-13: 9781403969965

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

In a conversational style and in chronological sequence, Ye Weili and Ma Xiaodong recount their earlier lives in China from the 1950s to the 1980s, a particularly eventful period that included the catastrophic Cultural Revolution. Using their own stories as two case studies, they examine the making of a significant yet barely understood generation in recent Chinese

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In a conversational style and in chronological sequence, Ye Weili and Ma Xiaodong recount their earlier lives in China from the 1950s to the 1980s, a particularly eventful period that included the catastrophic Cultural Revolution. Using their own stories as two case studies, they examine the making of a significant yet barely understood generation in recent Chinese history. They also reflect upon the mixed legacy of the early decades of the People's Republic of China (PRC). In doing so, the book strives for a balance between critical scrutiny of a complex era and the sweeping rejection of that era that recent victim literature embraces. Ultimately Ye and Ma intend to reconnect themselves to a piece of land and a period of history that have given them a sense of who they are. Their stories contain intertwining layers of personal, generational, and historical experiences. Unlike other memoirs that were written soon after the events of the Cultural Revolution, Ye and Ma's narratives have been put together some twenty years later, allowing for more critical distance. The passage of time has allowed them to consider important issues that other accounts omit, such as the impact of gender during this period of radical change in Chinese women's lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403969965
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Oral History Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Even if You Cut It, It Will Not Come Apart' 'Flowers of the Nation' From Paper Crown to Leather Belt Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Worker-peasant-solider Students The Reform Era Afterword

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