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This was excellent. I’ve read a few books on the Cultural Revolution (Dikotter, Jisheng Yang, etc) but as an American, I feel like I don’t truly understand the anguish and the horror (and every other descriptive term) of that era. So I found this conversation illuminating - and I’ll read the book and I might see about getting her on NPR if she’s not already booked.

One of several things that stood out to me: how the pervasive “sent down youth” story has been completely divorced - and now has almost a separate, more positive connotation - from the history of the Cultural Revolution.

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