After the Nightmare: Inside China Today

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This book, the result of the author's observations upon their return to China in 1985, is a personal report on what life is really like in China today

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At the age of 12, Liang Heng was a fiercely idealistic Red Guard, but the Cultural Revolution brought disillusionment as he saw his parents disgraced, his father's health and career ruined, his family scattered. He later emigrated to the U.S., where he wrote Son of the Revolution, an account of his early years. At the request of the government of Deng Xiaoping, he and his American wife returned to China to report on current conditions. There they encountered people who exemplify the Cultural Revolution's legacy of personal tragedy and the reconciliation and liberalization taking place today: a former Red Guard who now lives with and nurses the elderly teacher he once publicly humiliated; an intellectual, jailed for eight years during the Maoist regime, who has become one of China's leading policymakers. Although the bulk of the writing consists of episodic reportage, Liang offers insightful commentary as well, suggesting, for example, that China's "lost generation," of which he is a part, is also its thoughtful generation, which "awakened to the folly of China's traditions with their passion for hierarchy and obedience to authority." Nevertheless, in a country that has endured so much shifting of the political winds in so brief a span, the authors' prognosis for China's future is only guardedly optimistic.
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From Library Journal:

Liang and Shapiro wrote Son of the Revolution ( LJ 2/15/83), a classic account of Liang's spiritual and historic journey from being one of Chairman Mao's Red Guards to being a disillusioned, but not cynical, intellectual who challenged the communist system and left it. In the first of these new books, written in the form of a travelogue based on an extensive return trip the couple made in 1985, they bring us up to date in crisp vivid anecdotes about China's reforms. We meet former Red Guards now in charge of industries, former victims of Red Guards now thriving, and the family of peasants with whom Liang was exiled, now at least left alone. All in all, the picture is guardedly optimistic: China is on the right road, but there are many potholes. The second volume is less personal and less optimistic. The observations in Warm Winds, Cold Winds , gathered first for the Asia Watch Committee of the Fund for Free Expression, form a straightforward chronicle of artistic, journalistic, and scholarly policies and their intellectual impact over roughly the last decade. Most public libraries should buy the first book; research collections will want to add the second. Charles W. Hayford, Ctr. of Far Eastern Studies, Univ. of Chicago
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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