Jeremy Goldkorn interviews Zhang Lijia for Danwei-tv about her autobiography Socialism is great!, about her life as a worker in a missile factory. Lijia explains she wanted to make another book, compared with the flood of bitter and suffering tales from the time of the Cultural revolution (1966-1976).
She made a happy story about the 1980’s, sitting as a “frog in the well” in her danwei, moving towards the freedom people in China are having nowadays. “The 1980s were the beginning of change after Deng Xiaoping opened the country. It is an upbeat story about pursuing dreams.”
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