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  •  I first learned about the famine in 1979 from a (3+ / 0-)
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    HamdenRice, AoT, glorificus

    Chinese colleague who inexplicably had been allowed to emigrate from Nanjing to Houston to work with other scientists in his field. In the course of our work over the next few years, we had many hours of downtime during which he somewhat impatiently informed me of events in China he felt I should have known about but didn't. He began with the rape of Nanjing which he recalled in detail with and absolute horror from his own childhood. He viewed the famine, however, as a condition of extreme poverty rather than an event. I repeated many of his astounding stories to my mother for confirmation, she being the historian in our family. Even she was surprised, suggesting that he exaggerated. I seldom wish that she were alive today to see this or that event unfold, but I do wish she were here to read your diary and participate in this discussion. If anything, it now appears that he understated the facts.

    Outstanding job, HamdenRice, which is saying a lot considering the number of excellent diaries posted here at DK. Thank you so much. I look forward to your next posting.

    •  I Knew Scientists Who Survived The Revolution (1+ / 0-)
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      RJDixon74135 children.  Their bodies were permanently ruined by malnutrition, and they were small and frail.  They talked about things like seeing their parents beaten with crowbars.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:45:25 AM PDT

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