contemporary china study reading based writing about yu hua s book –

Two Short essays

1:One of your friends claim that it is futile to try to understand the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The Chinese went crazy. Do you with his opinion? If so, please provide a supporting argument. Or do you think that is still possible to explain the events by situating them in the context of modern Chinese History? Confronted with the daunting challenges of modernizing China, did the Chinese often hold different ideas, approaches, and visions about what to do? Did Maoism represent one of these ideas and approaches?

2. In the book “China In Ten Words, Yu Hua” discusses contemporary China through his own personal experiences. He often uses his memory of the Cultural Revolution to comment on various aspects of contemporary China, pointing out in his opinion, the continuities and changes of the two eras. In his book “Age of Ambition, Evan Osnos presents the different views of two prominent Chinese economists, Lin Yifu and Wu Jinglian, on the roles and priorities of government and democracy in the economic development of contemporary China. Based on the books, do you think that Yu is more likely to be sympathetic to Lin’s or Wu’s view? please use the assigned readings and other relevant course material to support you position.(Please review Osnos, chapter 10. Please also refer to the social and political changes portrayed in Qiu, Death of a Red Heroine.)

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