Students turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFPStudents turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFP
Students turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFP

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Horror, madness, escape: a Chinese-Australian’s memoir of living through Mao’s great famine and Red Guard terror

  • Even as a kinder­gartener, Kwong could feel his family being shunned for the fact that they were well-educated teachers and therefore considered ‘bourgeois’
  • His book about surviving childhood horrors and achieving the immigrant dream bears comparison with Frank McCourt’s visceral memoir Angela’s Ashes
Topic |   Chinese history
Students turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFPStudents turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFP
Students turned Red Guards stage a rally in Beijing in September 1966. Photo: AFP
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