Friday, May 18, 2012

"Life and Death in Shanghai"『上海の長い夜』

Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai. New York: Grove Press, 1987.
上海の長い夜 : 文革の嵐を耐え抜いた女性の物語. 鄭念著 ; 篠原成子, 吉本晋一郎訳 ; , . 原書房, 1988.

Suddenly I was startled to see the group of Red Guards right in front of me seize a pretty young woman. While one Red Guard held her, another removed her shoes and a third one cut the legs of her slacks open. The Red Guards were shouting, “Why do you wear shoes with pointed toes? Why do you wear slacks with narrow legs?” “I am a worker! I’m not a member of the capitalist class! Let me go!” The girl was struggling and protesting. In the struggle, the Red Guards removed her slacks altogether, much to the amusement of the crowd…The same Red Guard seized a young man and shouted, “Why do you have oiled hair?”…I saw that they (the Red Guards) were seizing women with permanent waves and cutting her hair off (65-6).


(The Red Guards) seemed to be blissfully happy in their work of destruction because they were sure they were doing something to satisfy their God, Mao Zedong (73).


“We are the Red Guards. We have come to take revolutionary action against you!” “It’s against the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China to enter a private house without a search warrant.”  “The Constitution is abolished.”  “Only the People’s Congress has the power to change the Constitution,” I said. “We (The Red Guards) have abolished it (71).”  


“Incredible! It’s incredible! You know what I found when I went home? They are looting my house! How can they do this? My father and grandfather are both workers.”…The young man was full of indignation and almost in tears (87).


“I’ve never committed a crime in my whole life,” I said firmly.  “If you have not committed a crime, why are you locked up in prison? Your being here proves you have committed a crime.”  His logic appalled me. It was based on the assumption that the Party and the government could not be mistaken (140).


If he (Mao Zedong) says a certain type of person is guilty and you belong to that type, then you are guilty. It’s much simpler than depending on a lawbook.” He (the guard) said (141).


He (the interrogator) hoped to confuse me, to overcome my resistance with a combination of threats and arguments…. The interrogator was trying to instill in me a feeling of guilt (151).  


In public places, there were always policemen and uniformed sentries, as well as plain-clothes operatives working for the police and zealous activists eager to report any unusual behavior. Personal privacy did not exist in Shanghai as it does in other cities of the world (168). 



n said...

I wrote a research paper on the Cultral Revolution and its mob mentality which title is [The Cultural Revolution and its Propaganda Methods]

I posted it at:『拝啓 日本のギャングストーカー犯罪者の皆様』~カリフォルニアからの伝言 "Dear Gangstalker criminals in Japan."

The mentality of the Red Gurads who were formed during the Cultral Revolution had a lot in common with that of COINTELPRO perps today. Why could not the world largest population of Chinese stop such ridiculous, unproductive acts of a small number of propaganda prompters at earlier stage? Why could not they use their energy in a constructive way? What can we learn from their history?

Unless we sincerely tackle these questions, history will repeat itself as old saying suggests. I hope you will not regret when this whole country of COINTELPRO/mass mind control is liberated from the current “mass-insanity.”

n said...

歴史学の授業で書いた文化大革命に関する小論[The Cultural Revolution and its Propaganda Methods]を『拝啓 日本のギャングストーカー犯罪者の皆様』~カリフォルニアからの伝言 "Dear Gangstalker criminals in Japan"に掲載しています。