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I have a Chinese former sister-in-law (my deceased brother’s wife who has since remarried but we’re still close) who was only 3 when Mao’s Cultural Revolution began. Her family was from Shanghai and her parents were both University Professors, the father being a leading mining expert. She had two older brothers who were sent out to the countryside to be laborers on a farm. Because the father taught a useful subject, he was later told he had to work at a university in another city, and that the mother would work there too but that they could not take their youngest child with them, my future sister-in-law. They had to leave her behind with a grandmother. Her biggest memories of those years is always being hungry. That’s communism at work.