book 31Published August 5th 2003

This is a story about women of three different generations; the author, her mother (a Maoist revolutionary), and her grandmother (foot-bound). It is a great piece which reads like a story while giving a view of communist China. While I had already read some books about China before going there in 2012, her perspectives on life and her stories where not told in the West until very recent. I could guess that many facts perhaps still haven’t seen daylight in parts of modern China. Interestingly, this book gives a Chinese view on why someone would adore Communism and a leader like Mao. However, after researching the political, economic and social aspects of the Mao period, it continues to be hard for me to understand this devotion.

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