“Flowers of the Nation”

  • Weili Ye
  • Xiaodong Ma
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


In the 1950s, there was a popular children’s movie called “Flowers of the Nation.” A well-known scene in the movie was a group of youngsters enjoying themselves at the end of a school day in Beijing’s scenic Beihai Park. Caressed by a light breeze, the children are rowing boats on a beautiful lake surrounded by green trees and red palace walls. This is certainly an idealized image of urban childhood in the 1950s, yet the notion of being flowers of the nation was taken to heart by many people in our generation.


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© Ye Weili with Ma Xiaodong 2005

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  • Weili Ye
  • Xiaodong Ma

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