From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and by Zhong Lihe

By Zhong Lihe

Although he lived so much of his existence in rural South Taiwan, Zhong Lihe spent a number of years in Manchuria and Peking, relocating between an eclectic mixture of ethnicities, social periods, and cultures. His fictional pix spread on jap battlefields and in Peking slums, in addition to within the distant, impoverished hill-country villages and farms of his local Hakka districts. His scenic descriptions are deft and atmospheric, and his mental explorations are acute. the 1st anthology to provide his paintings in English, this quantity positive factors novellas, ten brief tales, and 4 brief prose works.

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Although Zang certainly transgressed certain moral and political standards of factory life during the Mao period, in other ways he was a victim. First, if we take his word about how he had been raped in the late 1940s and in 1950, he was a victim of sexual abuse. Second, like many others during the Mao years, the socialist planned economy forced him to live apart from his family for years at a time. After the factory moved from Nanjing to Xuchang, workers faced long-­term separation from their spouses.

Of the behaviors listed above, Zang has only confessed voluntarily to his political problems (in 1956) and to secretly listening to enemy radio broadcasts (after he was exposed [during the Cultural Revolution]). As for his hooligan crimes of perversion and sodomy, Zang deliberately concealed them. During the Cleansing the Class Ranks and One Strike, Three Anti campaigns, Zang colluded with others to form a united alliance. When accused by the authorities, he resisted by attempting suicide and fleeing the factory.

Zang was alleged to have exchanged his food ration tickets for millet in 1962; later he used his authority to arrange hardship subsidies for a friend, then used that same friend’s name to borrow money with which he ultimately purchased a radio for personal use. 37 In keeping with earlier confessions, Zang also revealed that, as early as 1960, he had listened to “enemy radio programs”—​including Voice of America, Voice of Free China, and broadcasts from the Soviet Union—​w ith a coworker. When Zang bought the coworker’s radio in September 1962, he was able to listen to broadcasts from both Taiwan (with difficulty) and the United States (clearly).

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