Scarlet Memorial: Tales of Cannibalism in Modern China

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Westview Press, 1996 - History - 199 pages
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This compelling book provides a meticulously documented account of officially sanctioned cannibalism in the southwestern province of Guangxi during the Cultural Revolution. Drawing on his unique access to local archives of the Chinese Communist Party and on extensive interviews with party officials, the victims’ relatives, and the murderers themselves, Zheng Yi paints a disturbing picture of official compliance in the systematic killing and cannibalization of individuals in the name of political revolution and “class struggle.”The treasure-trove of evidence Zheng Yi has unearthed offers unprecedented insights into the way the internecine, factional struggles of the Cultural Revolution reached a horrifying level of insanity and frenzy among the ethnic Zhuang people of Guangxi. Profoundly moving, acutely observed, and unflinchingly graphic, Scarlet Memorial is a shining example of a genre of investigative reporting that courageously and independently records obscure and officially censored historical events, revealing hidden dimensions of modern Chinese history and politics.

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A Chinese journalist who recently emigrated to the United States details over 100 incidents of cannibalism that allegedly occurred in Guangxi Province during the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution ... Read full review


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Zheng Yi (which means “justice”) is one of China’s foremost novelists and journalists. His works include Old Well, which was later made into an acclaimed film. A leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, he spent over three years as a fugitive from the Chinese government before escaping to Hong Kong. He now lives in the United States.

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