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China in Ten Words

Posted by on March 31, 2016

I think that Yu Hua has made several criticisms in the five chapters we have read thus far. The most interesting criticism I think Yu makes is how there was very little intellectually stimulating material for the people of China to read/enjoy during the Cultural Revolution. When Yu talks about the first shipment of books that arrives in his town, he describes the “sensation as if today a pop star were sighted in some celebrity-deprived suburb” (53). Yu, and the entire town, were beyond thrilled that books were finally returning. The way that Yu describes the return of books creates such an image on just how deprived the town was of intellectually stimulating material. Yu also describes the return of literary journals and the need for writers as, “like hungry babies wailing for milk, a whole array of fiction columns required nourishment” (81).  Again, Yu uses rather stark and powerful phrases to illustrate how welcomed the return of literature was to China. Everyone had been so deprived of literature as well as deprived of an outlet to express any creativity. I think that Yu was making a criticism about one of the ways the CCP handled the Cultural Revolution poorly.

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