Reading Response #5 - Greg Reynolds History 6B 30 April...

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Greg Reynolds History 6B 30 April 2009 Pushing Carts When reading through Wild Swans by Jung Chang one is struck on several occasions with the oppressive nature of Maoist China. One sequence in particular stuck out as a pertinent anecdote. Jung describes helping men push their carts “piled high with cement blocks or chunks of sandstone,” and later being told by “a classmate…in a very serious tone of voice that most of the people pulling carts were class enemies who had been assigned to do hard labor.” 1 Upon finding out she had been helping class enemies Jung “averted my [her] eyes from the bent figure trudging along and quickly walked away with a heavy heart,” giving a emotional personal account of the class divisions’ effect on a young girl. 2 This passage offers not only a strong emotional connection point between the reader and the text, but also an odd contrast between Maoist ideals and those of early socialist China. When one reads this passage, they cannot help but sympathize with the young
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2009 for the course HISTORY 6b taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Reading Response #5 - Greg Reynolds History 6B 30 April...

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