Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution – Ji-li Jiang

The story opens with twelve-year old Jiang and her optimism for the future, with her absolute belief in Chairman Mao and her country, China. Soon, though, her family becomes ostracised by the regime as her grandfather used to be a landlord. Initially questioning her parents’ behaviour, Jiang even goes to the extent of trying to disassociate herself from them but she soon comes to wonder about the brutality and atrocities commited by the regime – including public beatings, bullying and murders – and ultimately questions government’s abuse of power.


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