Three Daughters of ChinaeBook - 2003
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A Chinese woman chronicles the struggle of her grandmother, her mother, and herself to survive in a China torn apart by wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval, from 1907 to the present.
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“It had been my Communist parents who had given me a liberal upbringing. They had regarded the (cultural) restrictions of women as precisely the sort of thing a Communist revolution should put an end to. But now oppression of women joined hands with political repression, and served resentment and petty jealousy.”
“The entrance exams I had taken were declared void. Entrance to universities was now to be decided solely by “political behavior.””
“Compiling detailed files on people’s backgrounds had been a crucial part of the Communists’ system of control even before they came to power.”
“For years, the things to which I was naturally inclined had been condemned as evils of the West: pretty clothes, flowers, books, entertainment, politeness, gentleness, spontaneity, mercy, kindness, liberty, aversion to cruelty and violence, love instead of “class hatred”, respect for human lives, the desire to be left alone, professional competence…As I sometimes wondered to myself, how could anyone not desire the West.?”
“The Cultural Revolution had taught me not to divide people by their beliefs, but by whether they were capable of cruelty and viciousness or not.”
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