“If there had been no Cultural Revolution, then I would not be who I am today. People who haven’t been through it can’t appreciate how easy everything else is. It wasn’t the manual labor. That’s a different kind of hardship. This was the worst kind of bitterness. You are constantly told: ‘You are against the revolution, so therefore you have no right to speak.' ... That burden, that burden on your spirit, is very heavy.” 50 years ago this week, when Mao Zedong reasserted his control of the Communist Party, he set in motion a decade of chaos and torment in China. @nytimes asked readers to share stories about how they were affected by the Cultural Revolution. Chen Qigang, a 64-year-old composer in France who @adamjdean photographed in Beijing last month, was in middle school in Beijing when the movement began. Visit the link in our profile to hear more voices from China’s #CulturalRevolution.
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  • nytimes“If there had been no Cultural Revolution, then I would not be who I am today. People who haven’t been through it can’t appreciate how easy everything else is. It wasn’t the manual labor. That’s a different kind of hardship. This was the worst kind of bitterness. You are constantly told: ‘You are against the revolution, so therefore you have no right to speak.' ... That burden, that burden on your spirit, is very heavy.” 50 years ago this week, when Mao Zedong reasserted his control of the Communist Party, he set in motion a decade of chaos and torment in China. @nytimes asked readers to share stories about how they were affected by the Cultural Revolution. Chen Qigang, a 64-year-old composer in France who @adamjdean photographed in Beijing last month, was in middle school in Beijing when the movement began. Visit the link in our profile to hear more voices from China’s #CulturalRevolution.

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  • galeriedumondeIt was really awful about the revolution. One of the biggest mistake human made. Still resulting bad in Morden China now today.
  • yusipam@amkli9999 good to read ✌🏻️
  • lulu.stracher@izzy.baildon looks like you
  • joyofyahwehYes! Cultural revolution all over the world!
  • izzy.baildon@lulu.stracher that actually is bald me with brows
  • pootneyy@tiffany.vo literally thought this was hung and had a heart attack
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  • coloranzmao didn't konw nothing, he just liked it. he was a monster. a demon.
  • francesca_332Many thanks for the photo and story.
  • valeriekilpatrick@nytimes This is such a poignant, unforgettable piece. People get crazy. Brings tears and anger.
  • elstafyloThe policy of Absolute Terror!
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  • amiiriteMy grandfather lived through the revolution. He was a teacher and so was my grandmother. Both of them were locked up in their classrooms by students and beaten severely
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