Modern China History – The Proletarian Cultural Revolution
History has judged the Cultural Revolution to be both successful and unsuccessful. One argument from Hsu, E is that “Industrial and agricultural productions suffered severe setbacks and the disruption in education caused the loss of a generation of trained manpower. “ In other words, due to Mao closing down schools and universities, a -whole generation of Chinese have lost their childhood for working and will have a hard time getting a job due to lack of education. However, Mao wanted to bring back socialism to China and to gain control once again.
Personal histories are subjected as was demonstrated with the three guest speakers who were once red guards however; these three guests rely on memories so there might be some exaggeration, omission, accounts and some bias. When cross referencing with other perspectives it soon became apparent that there were different interpretations for example, Mr. Michael Crook, the male guest speaker, believed that the Cultural revolution was a good thing for China and that there barley and bad things that happened. Xionglei, another guest speaker said that she is not proud about what happened during the Cultural Revolution and that she wished it never had happened and the last guest speaker, Weili Fan, Said that she thought it was both good and bad but she mostly thought it was bad.
Mr. Michael Crook was born in 1951. He believes that the Cultural Revolution was good for china. He went to a local Chinese school when he was young. When the Cultural Revolution started, he joined the red guard. His Red Guard group was called Red Flag. He explained that the group was like a clique, some people were allowed in it and others weren't. They criticized how the director was running the school. Mr. Crook’s parents were both university teachers. Mr. Crook’s father was taken to jail for 5 years and his mother for 2 years. He worked in a factory for a few years and then...