Red Sorrow by Nanchu

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At the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, 13-year-old Nanchu watched Red Guards destroy her home and torture her parents, whom they jailed. She was left to fend for herself and her younger brother. When she grew older, she herself became a Red Guard and was sent to the largest work camp in China. There she faced primitive conditions, sexual harassment, and the pressure to conform. Eventually, she was admitted to Madam Mao's university, where politics were more important than learning. Her testimony is essential reading for anyone interested in China or human rights.

About Nanchu

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Nanchu lives in Athens, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in Rocky Mountain News, Mid-US News, and Shanghai Health News. Xing Hang is an Eastern Studies scholar at the University of Georgia. He lives in Doraville
Published March 8, 2012 by Arcade Publishing. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Even a sympathetic reader may find a few metaphors strained (e.g., “the glory of spring competed ferociously with the brilliant sunlight”), and some may find more direct insight into the Cultural Revolution in the pages of transcribed oral histories—but it would be hard, all the same, to read Nan...

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Beneath her individual tragedy looms some of China's recent deep wounds and the story of the desperate attempts by Nanchu's generation to salvage normal life from a regime that coerced loyalty and devalued human lives.

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