China in Ten Words

In “China in Ten Words” Yu Hua is presenting a critique in the distinct and significant ideological shift that can be seen around the 1990s in China. This can be seen in his chapter on “People” in which he analyzes the changed meaning of the word and even discusses the dramatic shift from the democracy movements of 1989 and Tienanmen Square protests to the focus of economic success and the acquisition of wealth. Furthermore, you can see it in the chapter “Leader” that the Chinese people have moved away from the idolized leader that Mao Zedong represented. Yu Hua pulls on his own memories to show the ways in which China has changed so dramatically over the course of his life.


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