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The Taihang Mountains lay on the border between Shansi and Hopei in China and originally published in 1972, this edited anthology collates family histories as told by the people who lived there. These accounts are a small sample of the family histories that made up the Taihang community taken from poor or lower-middle peasants to discuss the hardships they faced in the early twentieth century and to provide insight into a rural life to a new generation of Chinese youths. This title will be of interest to students of Asian studies and Anthropology.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Foreword; 1. A Home Given by Chairman Mao 2. The Tragedy of the People of "Lucky Star Locust" 3. The Story of Selling Oneself 4. Land 5. A Cave with Two Entrances 6. The Wheelbarrow 7. A Funeral for a Dog 8. The Fight 9. Yu-huang Temple in a Blizzard 10. Under the Iron Hoof of Japanese Imperialism 11. The "Millstone" Shoes 12. A Woman Farmhand 13. The Poor People’s Cave 14. Revolutionary Mother Pao Lien-Tzu 15. A Shepherd Becomes a College Professor 16. A Poor Blacksmith becomes Master of the Country 17. An Honorable Family of Miners