Propaganda in the traditional sense, Mr. Pomerantsev said, would try to win over an audience, while disinformation is meant simply to sow confusion and fuel conspiracies. Pomerantsev said in a telephone interview. Many overseas websites are blocked in China. Censors embedded within its internet companies delete anything unacceptable. The police have arrested people who speak out of turn in chat groups, or who share sensitive content online. Since then, the state media have vigorously defended the police in Hong Kong, belittled the protesters and accused Westerners of orchestrating the turmoil.
Efforts to contextualize the situation or express sympathy for the protesters were swiftly purged from social media. And when a Chinese flag was thrown into Victoria Harbor on Aug. Sort order. Apr 22, Alex Douglas rated it liked it. Oct 25, Renald Micallef rated it it was ok. If there was hell on Earth, living in cultural revolution China must have been a great contender.
The personal account of a not so famous person gives us a resume' of life under the birth and consolidation of a communist regime, that is still in power up to this very day. Esther Cheo Ying's book came in handy while I just commenced to study Chinese Mandarin, as it gave me more insight into the recent history of China.
Her personal account is a sincere one, where she questioned herself and her act If there was hell on Earth, living in cultural revolution China must have been a great contender. Her personal account is a sincere one, where she questioned herself and her actions in those terrible times. Millions of people were killed under the reign of Mao Tse-Tsung, others lost their lands, while others were given land and title.
The author contributed as a soldier in the people's army, and later in the Communist propaganda machine. While reading this book, the reader would think he is reading fiction, as the story to the modern reader may seem far-fetched. This goes to show that the truth hurts and frightens. The tale of so much indifference, atrocities and brainwashing of masses is fascinating to the psychological mind. To us westerners, individualism is key to out happiness, but to the Chinese is an alien concept. They sacrifice the individual for the collective.
The author mentions different stories of horror and madness, one of those remained ingrained in my mind the most: the tale of mothers throwing their babies in the river to drown and silence their cries, so that they could escape in silence. I do not think the author got professional help when writing this book, as in parts the story has so many jumps, for instance in one paragraph she is speaking about her working life, in the next she is speaking about giving birth, skipping the whole part of becoming pregnant. It seemed to me to be a rushed book. Many parts which would have been relevant, I guess have been omitted.
Jan 28, Rob Wilkinson rated it liked it. In this autobiographical novel Esther Cheo Ying describes an incredible period of history, spanning from the battles against the Kuomintang through to the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. As a snapshot of life in China during such a tumultuous period, it's fascinating. However the authoress remains an enigma: her emotions, the forces that drive her barely surface; maybe she's buried them.
I would have enjoyed the book more if Cheo Ying wrote more about the big picture, the country In this autobiographical novel Esther Cheo Ying describes an incredible period of history, spanning from the battles against the Kuomintang through to the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.
I would have enjoyed the book more if Cheo Ying wrote more about the big picture, the country-wide political and social changes, to provide more context for her own experiences Dec 30, Naomi Howe rated it it was amazing. I was told by my mum to read this book as the aunt Esther stayed with was my mums great aunt and uncle. So I found the book very interesting. Ricky rated it really liked it Nov 19, Paul Saarma rated it liked it Mar 18, Nora rated it really liked it Oct 05, Ruth Hawes rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Selina Streahorn rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Edwin Poon rated it really liked it Jan 29, Peter Morford rated it really liked it Nov 22, Katie Coy rated it really liked it Feb 01, And the characters in this thrilling collection of stories are Chinese soldiers who must constantly scrutinize the enemy.
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