Yang’s story crosses the period over three different decades. She was from a revolutionary cadre’s family. After spending her early life in Switzerland, she joined the Beijing 101 Middle School, which is a high school for elites. After the Cultural Revolution broke out, she actively participated in Red Guard activities in Beijing like her peers in China. As an educated youth, she later devoted her five years on a pig farm in a village located at northern China, herding pigs and performing other physical labor. Although grew up with faith in the Communist Party and love for Chairman Mao, she enthusiasm for revolution and devotion to the new China ended after suffering from hardship of physical labor.


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