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Author Wang, Ning, 1964- author

Title Banished to the great northern wilderness : political exile and re-education in Mao's China / Ning Wang
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 283 pages)
Contents The anti-rightist campaign and political labelling -- Beijing rightists on the army farms of Beidahuang -- Political offenders in Xingkaihu labour camp -- Life and death in Beidahuang -- Inner turmoil and internecine strife among political exiles -- End without end
Summary "This book illuminates the dark corners of life in Mao's China, forty years after the Paramount Leader's death. During the Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957-58, scholars, artists, journalists, and others whom the state considered suspicious "intellectuals" were targeted for "re-education." In Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness, Ning Wang draws on labour camp archives, memoirs, and interviews to provide a remarkable look at the suffering and complex psychological world of banished Chinese intellectuals. His use of these newly uncovered Chinese-language sources paints a vivid and nuanced picture that challenges our concept of the intellectual as renegade martyr."-- Provided by publisher
"Wang examines the ways in which the state sought to re-educate the intellectuals at army farms and labour camps, and the strategies the exiles used to deal with camp officials and improve their chances of survival. While banished intellectuals were victims of the campaign, some also became perpetrators of injustice themselves who betrayed their friends and comrades. Isolated in a desolate northern borderland and subject to physical and psychological abuse, the exiles often denounced each other and, for self-preservation, declared allegiance to the state. Including interviews with former "rightists" and even a camp guard, Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness shines a bright light on the exile communities, social conflicts, and history of the early PRC."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Zhongguo gong chan dang -- History -- 20th century.
Exiles -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 20th century.
Forced labor -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 20th century.
Intellectuals -- China -- Beijing -- History -- 20th century.
Labor camps -- China -- Manchuria -- History -- 20th century.
Political persecution -- China -- Beijing -- History -- 20th century.
China -- History -- 1949-1976.
Manchuria (China) -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501714015 (electronic bk.)
9781501714016 (electronic bk.)
(electronic publication/mobi)