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“This is a smart, well-edited book. … The consistently high quality of these articles is worth remarking on: these are sound studies, drawing on substantial empirical research, cast and edited to address a theme of key significance efficiently.… This collection of essays will not only interest the scholar but also engage the student.”—Timothy Cheek, Journal of Asian Studies

“This is a timely study, which will be useful for students of contemporary China in different fields. In particular, it will be of great assistance to those who are interested in the origin and growth today of China’s developmental discourses, which were given birth and sanctioned by the state.”—Xin Liu, UC Berkeley

Chapter List


1. Introduction: Memory, Power, and Culture
Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang

2. Rural Protest Letters: Local Perspectives on the State’s Revolutionary War on Tillers, 1960–1990
Paul G. Pickowicz

3. Spectral Chains: Remembering the Great Leap Forward Famine in a Yi Community
Erik Mueggler

4. Forget Remembering: Rural Women’s Narratives of China’s Collective Past
Gail Hershatter

5. Communes, Canteens, and Crèches: The Gendered Politics of Remembering the Great Leap Forward
Kimberley Ens Manning

6. Memories and the Moral Economy of a State-Owned Enterprise
Jonathan Unger and Anita Chan

7. What Was Socialism to Chinese Workers? Collective Memories and Labor Politics
Ching Kwan Lee

8. Visible Zhiqing: The Visual Culture of Nostalgia among China’s Zhiqing Generation
David J. Davies

9. Epic Narrative, Authenticity, and the Memory of Realism: Reflections on Jia Zhangke’s Platform
Ban Wang

10. “The March of the Volunteers”: From Movie Theme Song to National Anthem
Robert Chi

11. Horror and Atrocity: Memory of Japanese Imperialism in Chinese Museums
Kirk A. Denton

12. “A Portrait of Martyr Jiang Qing”: The Cultural Revolution on the Internet
Guobin Yang

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