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  •  Sure it is full of inconsistencies (1+ / 0-)
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    But like much great fiction, it leaves the reader to decide where the truth lies.

    BTW, as her contemporary, I'd suggest you not assume what she recounts as on-campus political persecution is so far off the mark, 1980 was a lot closer to 1970 (or at least 1975), than to 1984 or 2013. What I find hard to believe (amongst other things) is she went through what she claims but was NOT banned from school.

    However, are you seriously suggesting no students were arrested for political reasons after 1976?  That pretty unbelievable too.

    At that time, administrators and teachers pretty much made all of the decisions for students, academic and personal, which could be good or bad, depending, and she would have had to have been an exceptional student (or well-connected) to have avoided worse via patronage.

    By comparison, Chinese students today have a lot of freedom.

    Yes, pretty incredible account, but great fiction makes liberal use of license.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:58:41 AM PST

    •  Actually 1980 was a lot more liberal (0+ / 0-)

      than 1984. In 1984 they started the first big movement to combat liberalism. The "Anti-bourgeois Liberalization Campaign" was started in 1984.

      •  Ask why that happened in 1984. (1+ / 0-)
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        Could it be that the movement in intellectual circles and universities was gaining momentum after the new constitution was issued and Deng was trying to put a lid on it?

        In my opinion, the winter of 1978-79 was actually the most liberal, if brief period ... 西单民主墙 ==> 北京之春 ... no?

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:43:02 AM PST

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        •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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          But the 1980 election was a watershed event in communist China history. Deng cracked down on 民主墙 in 1979 but let liberal ideas spread on college campuses until the 1984 crackdown.

          •  Agree your point. (1+ / 0-)
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            But only a little progress since then. Let's see what happens in next few years, in last year a lot of non-party members stood for local office (without much luck) and pressure is rising again.

            The internet is like running water.

            What about my Daughter's future?

            by koNko on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:27:51 PM PST

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    •  I added a reference for the 1980 election (0+ / 0-)

      It was the first and only democratic election I had seen before I came to the US.

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