Life and Death in Shanghai
"Cheng’s widely acclaimed book recounts in compelling specifics her persecution and imprisonment at the hands of Mao Zedong’s "Cultural Revolution" (1966-1976). Inquisitors accused her of being a "spy" and "imperialist," but during the harrowing years of solitary confinement she never gave in, never confessed a lie. We read this, not so much for historical analysis, but, like the literature of the Gulag in Russia, for an example of a humane spirit telling terrible truths honestly, without bitterness or cynicism." (text taken from Amazon)
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Primary source resource on the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Nien Cheng lived in Shanghai during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Her book tells the stories of what happened to her, her daughter, and the people she employed to run her house. The clash between Nien Cheng, a Western-educated executive at an oil company, and the Red Guards come alive in her telling. Students and teachers can get a glimpse of the intense emotions and issues during the 1966 - 1976 turmoil in China.