realmayo Posted October 2, 2014 at 08:40 PM Report Share Posted October 2, 2014 at 08:40 PM Episode #14 Date 2014 年09月29日 Title: 邓小平表面像棉花 内心坚硬 On the outside Deng Xiaoping looked soft like cotton, on the inside he was hard as nails. Link to video and transcript: http://phtv.ifeng.com/a/20140930/40827883_0.shtml Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRajvk54iBs Episodes list http://www.chinese-f...st-of-episodes/ Host: 窦文涛Guests: 王蒙 and 査建英 In this episode they discuss the recent TV series about Deng Xiaoping. One of the guests, Wang Meng, is a famous -- and controversial? -- writer who was out in Xinjiang during the Cultural Revolution, but once the Gang of Four was ‘smashed’ he was able to leave and go home. The other guest, Zha Jianying, actually wrote a long (English-language) piece a few years ago in the New Yorker about Wang Meng himself – i.e. the guy who’s sat opposite her, basically talking about his life and relationship with the Party and discussing if he’s a regime lackey or not. She goes on to contrast him with a well-known dissident. If you’re interested in that kind of thing I thought it was excellent: here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/11/08/servant-of-the-state From Wikipedia: In 1956 Wang published a controversial piece, "A New Arrival at the Organization Department" (组织部来了个年轻人). This caused a great uproar and subsequently led to his being labelled a "rightist". In 1963, he was sent to Xinjiang to be "reformed" through labor. It was largely during this period of hardship that he accrued much of the experience that would later become the material for his short stories and novels. Not until 1979 was this injury redressed [sic]. He served as China's Minister of Culture from 1986 to 1989. The rough translation below includes them talking about how people tried to escape China for Hong Kong and Taiwan during the Cultural Revolution. I then skip forward to an excerpt of the TV series where Deng gets news about the Gang of Four. Question: Do you think Dou Wentao and Zha Jianying really didn’t understand about Deng and the tap, or were they just humouring Wang Meng? 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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