Up to the Mountains, Down to the Countryside

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

Abstract

Between the summer of 1968 and the spring of 1969, a large number of people in our age cohort left cities to go to various parts of the countryside.1 Because of this shared fate, we acquired a collective name, “zhiqing” (知青/educated youth), even though a secondary school student could hardly be qualified as educated. The term came from Mao’s celebrated directive issued in December 1968: “It is necessary for educated youth to go to the countryside to receive re-education from the poor and lower-middle peasants.”

Keywords

Corn Dust Steam Mold Amid 

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Up to the Mountains, Down to the Countryside

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    See Lu Hsun (Lu Xun), Selected Stories of Lu Hsun ( New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1977, pp. 25–33 ).Google Scholar

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© Ye Weili with Ma Xiaodong 2005

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  • Xiaodong Ma

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