Red Sorrow: A Memoir

by Nanchu | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1559706384 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 8/5/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, August 05, 2011
At the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, 13-year-old Nanchu watched Red Guards destroy her home and torture her parents, whom they jailed. She was left to fend for herself and her younger brother. When she grew older, she herself became a Red Guard and was sent to the largest work camp in China. There she faced primitive conditions, sexual harassment, and the pressure to conform. Eventually, she was admitted to Madam Mao's university, where politics were more important than learning. Her testimony is essential reading for anyone interested in China or human rights.

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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, May 17, 2018
My thoughts:
Red Sorrow is an eyewitness account of how Mao Tse-Tung ruined a nation. The "Cultural Revolution" was not a true revolution, in any true sense of the word. It’s purpose was to feed the ego of a psychopath to "prove" his theories.

Communism can't "work" anywhere because the Communist leaders do not "work." Mao Tse-Tung (along with Marx, Lenin, and Stalin) spoke highly of the "worker," yet he never worked a day in his life. Come to think of it, neither had Marx, Lenin, or Stalin, nor Fidel Castro or Che Guevera. None of these men knew the value of work. Mao had no problem assigning useless chores to the worker, pulling them away from farms and factories and leaving the people to freeze and starve. This is what happened to the main character of the book.

Nanchu's book is about how she had to do those "chores" as a teenager. She (along with millions of other young people) gets a letter saying that she has to drop out of high school and go work in the middle of nowhere. Her country's dictator sends her to a non-producing work site in the country's outer frontier. The workers (all teens like her) are not given adequate food or clothing. Therefore, there is a generation of undernourished kids who can't go to school! Adult workers are pulled from the farms and sent to work on similarly useless projects. This causes food shortages. There were shortages in every area. Nanchu’s education experience when she went to the “university” is just as absurd.
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