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Life and Death in Shanghai

review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read Read & Download Life and Death in Shanghai D When she refused to confess that any of this made her an enemy of the state she was placed in solitary confinement where she would remain for than six years Life and Death in Shanghai is the powerful story of Nien Cheng's imprisonment of the deprivation she endured of her heroic resistance and of her uest for justice whe. During the Cultural Revolution in China the author an educated upper class woman at the age of fifty had to undergo six and a half years of solitary confinement I really admire her and think that she was an incredible woman particularly given all that she had to go through Her perseverance patience and fortitude were amazing Plus she was smart as a tack and I loved her zest for livingAs far as the book goes it was fascinating and certainly eye opening but after a certain point it started to get repetitive and I was ready to lose my mind I realize that her experience in the prison with the endless interrogations was repetitive and she was writing her story It was just burdensome on me as the reader China is not exactly a walk in the park when it comes to human rights No country with a totalitarian regime is I ve said this before and I ll say it again in today s world where every time someone doesn t like a certain politician or someone disagreeing with them they re immediately called Hitler or a Nazi I say Hey why stop there Why limit yourself to Hitler Let s carry it further Most people don t realize that communist governments slaughtered an estimated 120 million people in the 20th century They outdid Hitler 20 1 Let us stop throwing these labels around and cheapening them In Communist China 70 million were killed Communism should be hated and feared far than Nazism How blessed I am and how grateful we all should be to live where we have democracy human rights and freedom I learned so much from this book but again I got bogged down with the writing style repetition and length of this book I would give this 35 stars but I m feeling generous so I ll go with four Oh and one final point to consider for do not put spoilers in the Kindle book description That was absolute idiocy on their part Here are some of my favorite uotes It s always best to look ahead and not backwards Possessions are not important Think of those beautiful porcelain pieces I had Before they came to me they had all passed through the hands of many people surviving wars and natural disasters I got them only because someone else lost them While I had them I enjoyed them now some other people will enjoy them Life itself is transitory Possessions are not important One of the most ugly aspects of life in Communist China during the Mao Zedong era was the Party s demand that people inform on each other routinely and denounce each other during political campaigns This practice had a profoundly destructive effect on human relationships Husbands and wives became guarded with each other and parents were alienated from their children The practice inhibited all forms of human contact so that people no longer wanted to have friends It also encouraged secretiveness and hypocrisy To protect himself a man had to keep his thoughts to himself When he was compelled to speak often lying was the only way to protect himself and his family In fact after living in Communist China for so many years I realized that one of the advantages enjoyed by a democratic government that allows freedom of speech is that the government knows exactly who supports it and who is against it while a totalitarian government knows nothing of what the people really think A landlord is put through a struggle session during the Great Leap Forward a practice popular during the later Cultural Revolution Guangdong circa 1953Chinese Red Guards 1966Red Guards hold up their copies of Chairman Mao s Little Red Book in Beijing 1966

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review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read Read & Download Life and Death in Shanghai In August 1966 a group of Red Guards ransacked the home of Nien Cheng Her background made her an obvious target for the fanatics of the Cultural Revolution educated in London the widow of an official of Chiang Kai Shek's regime and an employee of Shell Oil Nien Cheng enjoyed comforts that few of her compatriots could affor. I kept stalling my review of Life and Death in Shanghai because I was in immense awe of Nien Cheng and doubted whether I could do justice to this extremely important book I still am in awe of her and going to be for the rest of my life This woman transcends everything I have read about human resilience If I were to be imprisoned and mentally tortured as Nien Cheng was I would have punched the first person that would have tried to wrongfully accuse me But then I would have been a loser as that is exactly what the abusers want you to do They want you to physically assault them in order to shoot you or if they are feeling less upbeat they can always beat you to death with fists and kicks But damn it I wouldn t be able to help it even if I knew the outcome I am not Winston Whatever the situation I am never going to love Big Brother And neither did Nien Cheng But she survived while I would definitely die in the first wave of a similar kind of revolution So if there is a revolution in India and you don t hear from me for a long time it would be safe to assume that I was among the first enemies of the state who got what he deserved Enemy of the State Yes this term This term seems to be one of the favorite terms if not the favorite of all the totalitarian states that ever existed in the history of humanityAnd that brings us to the Cultural Revolution of China In order to sabotage Deng Xiaoping s effort because it threatened Mao s position of being the supreme leader or so Mao thought to put China s economy back on its feet after Mao s disastrous The Great Leap Forward a special committee of left wing Maoists was appointed by Mao to conduct the Cultural Revolution Mao s wife Jiang ing Mme Mao who later became infamous as the leader of Gang of Four other three gang members were Zhang Chuniao Wang Hongwen and the left wing writer Yao Wen yuan enjoyed extraordinary power and throughout the years of the Cultural Revolution made use of her position as Mao s wife to become his spokeswoman supposedly transmitting Mao s orders and wishes but in fact interpreted them to suit her motives She was a ruthlessly ambitious woman who tolerated no opposition imaginary or otherwise Tens of thousands of Party officials artists writers scientists and common people who fell under the shadow of her suspicion were cruelly persecuted Scores of them died at the hands of her trusted Revolutionaries Cultural Revolution was anything but cultural Anything read everything before Mao came into power that didn t praise the Communist Party read Mao Zedong was considered uncultured Hence one of the oldest civilizations of the world voluntarily tried to destroy its heritage during that ten year period The Red Guards mainly consisted of kids in their teens along with adult Party members who had their own ulterior motives who knew nothing about their national heritage thanks to the brainwashing done by the Party over the years They grew up under the watchful eyes of the Party reading fairy tale praises of Mao Zedong The mission of the Red Guards was to rid the country of the Four Olds old culture old customs old habits and old ways of thinking There was no clear definition of old it was left to the Red Guards to decideSo the Red Guards even debated whether to reverse the system of traffic lights as they thought red should mean go and not stop In the meantime the traffic lights stopped operating Because you know Red The colour of the PartyNien Cheng became an obvious target of the Red Guards as she was educated in London and her deceased husband was an official of Chiang Kai Shek s regime the Kuomintang before the communists took over mainland China She herself was an employee of Shell Oil in China and was officially allowed to work there by the Communist Party to serve China s interest in the best possible way which she did But this important fact didn t deter the Red Guards and she was asked to confess being a counter revolutionary of bourgeois background When she refused to confess that foreign education working for a multinational company with Party s permission and enjoying the comforts of life brought by such a high level job made her an enemy of the state she was placed in solitary confinement where she remained for six and a half yearsEven if someone was not working for a multi national company as Cheng did there was no guarantee that they wouldn t be arrested as an enemy of the state as in each organization three to five percent of the total employees were to be declared the enemy because that was the percentage mentioned by Chairman Mao in one of his speeches It was The Great Terror all over again in different time and place but with similar conseuencesMillions of men and women were ordered to give up their jobs in the cities and were settled in rural areas to receive reeducation through physical labor Those intellectuals allowed to remain in the cities were assigned the work of common laborers in their organizations Medical doctors were assigned to emptying bedpans in the hospitals professors cleaning toilets in the universities and artists and musicians building walls and repairing roads They had to attend struggle meetings and political indoctrination classes at which they had to abuse themselves by confessing to their crimes During the Cultural Revolution many young men in China were sent away from their families to work in remote parts of the country and allowed short marital leave only once a year Children grew up hardly knowing their fathers while women faced the dual responsibility of bringing up the children single handedly and holding demanding jobs The Party imposed this asinine cruelty in the name of the needs of socialism and serving the people The hypocrisy of the claim was exposed by the fact that Party officials and their children were seldom asked to make such sacrifices Instead they received special consideration and were given jobs in the same city as their spousesDuring the Cultural Revolution no one in China was allowed a private telephone To make a call one had to go to a public telephone The attendant took down the number one wanted to call and listened in to every conversation The irony of a tight control over its populace for an authoritarian state is often that that it knows much less about what its people really think compared to what a government of a free society knows about its own In Cheng s own words Who knows When the penalty for speaking one s mind is so great nobody knows what anybody else thinks Li Zhen said I had to agree with her In fact after living in Communist China for so many years I realized that one of the advantages enjoyed by a democratic government that allows freedom of speech is that the government knows exactly who supports it and who is against it while a totalitarian government knows nothing of what the people really think Even under normal circumstances the Communist Party of China was far from being an egalitarian society in which everyone enjoyed eual opportunity and status Instead children with bourgeois family background such as Cheng s daughter Meiping were introduced to a new system of discrimination For instance to be admitted into a good middle school she had to pass the entrance examination with marks of 80 percent while children of workers and peasants got in with a pass mark of 60 percent According to the Constitution women and men enjoyed eual rights but in practice there was great discrimination against women While there was no difference in pay or benefits for women at least in the cities doing the same work as men majority of women remained in specialized occupations that traditionally employed women textile workers shop assistants hospital nurses and schoolteachers Men always held the prestigious positionsSince good intentions at work and in public life often led people into trouble due to the authoritarian government they intentionally tried to be as less productive and active as possible The Chinese people had invented a new proverb that said The you do the trouble you have the less you do the less trouble you have If you do nothing whatever you will become a model citizen The Party lent its own hand to escalate such thinking Zhang Chuniao an associate of Jiang ing said We would rather have socialism s lower production figures than capitalism s higher production figures The radicals in the rural areas took up his statement and proclaimed We would rather have socialism s poor harvest than capitalism s abundance Not to be left behind other radicals declared We would rather have socialism s trains that are behind schedule than capitalism s trains that are on time As a result the workers became fearful of doing too much the peasants became reluctant to go into the field and drivers of trains buses and even mules deliberately slowed down so that they could arrive behind schedule The already strained economy took another tumble Mao just didn t stop at having failed at Economics 101 He hated formal education and literature clearly he was no Goodreads material and firmly believed that one could be a doctor by being a doctor That is you know if you wanted to be a brain surgeon you could become a brain surgeon by performing an actual brain surgery yes on a real human being instead of getting a degree first Although reading his Red Book was mandatory for all the Chinese There were many reports of cases where untrained hospital coolies were said to have performed operations successfully after mastering Mao s uotations hahahahahaha Even here hypocrisy reigned When Mao himself or one of the other radical leaders needed medical attention from experts other than their own personal doctors those experts trained in Western universities before the Communist Party took over China were bundled into special planes and flown to Beijing often hastily removed from the countryside where they had been exiled to perform hard laborAnd while according to its ideology the Communist Party believed in atheism Mao Zedong and his followers were very fond of talking about the soul In his writing Mao often referred to the saving of a man s soul Even during the Cultural Revolution soul was mentioned freuently The Communist government controlled all goods services and opportunities and dispensed them to the people in uneual proportions The term internal was used for goods and services available to officials of a certain rank and a few outsiders on whom the government wished to bestow favor The term internal internal was used to describe goods and services reserved for the very senior officials who received a major share Coming back to Nien Cheng she was imprisoned and made to attend several struggle meetings at which she was abused cruelly and asked to confess her crimes Which she never did Never Not even once The main reason being there was nothing to confess but that didn t stop numerous others from confessing even though they were innocent of any wrongdoing She took her stand resolutely When accused of being an enemy of the state because of being educated abroad and owning books by foreign authors she replied Well the tomato is a foreign food It was introduced into China by foreigners So was the watermelon brought from Persia over the silk route As for foreign books Karl Marx himself was a German If people didn t read books by foreigners there would not have been an international Communist movement It has never been possible to keep things and ideas locked up within the national boundary of any one country even in the old days when communication was difficult Nowadays it s even impossible I m pretty sure that by now people all over the world have heard that Chinese high school students are organized as Red Guards When accused of being a sympathizer of the Kuomintang due to her late husband s past she said In fact by remaining in Shanghai and not following the Kuomintang to Taiwan my late husband demonstrated his goodwill towards the Communist Party He was an official of the Kuomintang government Yet he disobeyed their orders It s the Kuomintang in Taiwan who should loot our home and put us in prison They are powerless to do so You have done it for them Now who is acting for the Kuomintang She championed every accusation thrown at her often leaving her interrogators helpless and seething with anger She was cajoled threatened and even once physically tortured to confess her crimes against the state This went on for six and a half years After that the Party relented and let her go free Yes a lone woman beat the PartyBut even after being set free she was spied on round the clock by the Party often obliging her own relatives to spy on her hence she decided to leave the country once and for all She acuired their trust and got a visa to visit the USA and never came back She wrote her autobiography in US after many years and even then she had to stop many times while recounting the horrific events With impeccable writing and clear arguments her book is the best there is on The Cultural Revolution of ChinaFinally if I have to point out at least one good thing that happened due to The Cultural Revolution it would be this

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review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read Read & Download Life and Death in Shanghai N she was released It is the story too of a country torn apart by the savage fight for power Mao Tse tung launched in his campaign to topple party moderates An incisive rare personal account of a terrifying chapter in twentieth century history Life and Death in Shanghai is also an astounding portrait of one woman's courage. This book is one that I would definitely recommend to all readers It is elouently written and very engaging It chronicles the imprisonment of a Western educated business woman living in China during the Cultural RevolutionIt is a very intimate look at Mao Tse Tung and how his philosophies affected the Chinese people and not for the better Mrs Cheng is a wonderful narrator and writes a very excellent true storyRecommended to all who like an intense story of human survival and all those who are also interested in the culture and history of China


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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read Read & Download Life and Death in Shanghai I kept stalling my review of Life and Death in Shanghai because I was in immense awe of Nien Cheng and doubted whether I could do justice to this extremely important book I still am in awe of her and going to be for the rest of my life This woman transcends everything I have read about human resilience If I were

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] A grand slam of a book An essential view of The Great Helmsman's wretched Cultural Revolution as told through the life of this woman—a widow and mother—whose long dead husband had had the misfortune to work for the Imperialist Dog

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] Read & Download Life and Death in Shanghai Several years ago there was a guy from mainland who went to Hongkong to buy some books that were banned in Mainland The book store was in the airport I don't know whether he was interested in those books But I can tell that he bought this book he put it in the shopping cartYou know what when he'd finished the pur

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng It's been some twenty years since I read this book a book that has stayed with me in a very powerful way In fact I would say that Life and Death in Shanghai is among my Top Twenty among the hundreds of non fiction books I have read

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng During the Cultural Revolution in China the author – an educated upper class woman at the age of fifty had to undergo six

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] Wow man Just wow What the fuckPeople were being treated like this 5o years ago Just fifty years Granted the Holocaust was only 25 years before this but still it never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can be and the sheer destructiveness that Communism or its offshoots has wrought upon the world China Russiathe USSR Cambodia etcI have to wonder how Karl Marx would have felt if he had seen the misery that countless people suffered through

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] A true life personal account of the experiences suffered by Nieng Cheng during the horrors of the Cultural Revolution in Communist China in the 1960sIt gives us some scope on the total madness and cruel destruction of the Maoist regim

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    KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read Wonderful book So well written The author spent over 6 years in prison during the cultural revolution during that time her daughter was murdered after release she was harassed and spied upon Eventually she left China but had to leave all her possessions money etc behind Somehow you never feel depressed while reading about all these terrible

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    review Ý eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Nien Cheng Nien Cheng ´ 7 Free read KINDLE [Life and Death in Shanghai] Amazing eye opening book that details what life was like in China during the Cultural Revolution

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