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Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution

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Born Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years 1966-1969, when the author was a young teenager at middle school. It was in the middle schools that much of the fury of the Cultural Revolution and Red Guard movement was spent, and Gao was caught up in very dramatic events, which he recounts as he understood them at the time. Gao's father was a county political official who was in and out of trouble during those years, and the intense interplay between father and son and the differing perceptions and impact of the Cultural Revolution for the two generations provide both an unusual perspective and some extraordinary moving moments. He also makes deft use of traditional mythology and proverbial wisdom to link, sometimes ironically, past and present. Gao relates in vivid fashion how students-turned-Red Guards held mass rallies against 'capitalist roader' teachers and administrators, marching them through the streets to the accompaniment of chants and jeers and driving some of them to suicide. Eventually the students divided into two factions, and school and town became armed camps. Gao tells of the exhilaration that he and his comrades experienced at their initial victories, of their deepening disillusionment as they utter defeat as the tumultuous first phase of the Cultural Revolution came to a close. The portraits of the persons to whom Gao introduces us - classmates, teachers, family members - gain weight and density as the story unfolds, so that in the end we see how they all became victims of the dynamics of a mass movement out of control.

Synopsis:

“In Born Red, Gao Youan, a former Red Guard . . . tells us what it was like to be one of Maos children in a provincial town four hours by train south of Peking. It is a terrible story, demonstrating that Mao and his crazed coterie were able to cripplee Chinese society for ten years, as well as cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, because they had plenty of help from the masses.”—Politics

“Gaos moving account, which is surprisingly even-handed, viividly captures the pervasive sense of fear and uncertainty that washed over China during the tumultuous period from 1966-1969.”—Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804713696
Designed:
Joseph, William A.
Author:
Gao Yuan
Author:
Gao, Yuan
Author:
Joseph, William A.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China History Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 Personal narratives.
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
Gao, Yuan
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
500-129.
Publication Date:
19870631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.53x5.58x1.11 in. 1.07 lbs.

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“In Born Red, Gao Youan, a former Red Guard . . . tells us what it was like to be one of Maos children in a provincial town four hours by train south of Peking. It is a terrible story, demonstrating that Mao and his crazed coterie were able to cripplee Chinese society for ten years, as well as cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, because they had plenty of help from the masses.”—Politics

“Gaos moving account, which is surprisingly even-handed, viividly captures the pervasive sense of fear and uncertainty that washed over China during the tumultuous period from 1966-1969.”—Houston Chronicle

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