A comment on Yu Hua book: China in Ten Words- “People”, “Leader”, “Reading”, “Writing”, “Lu Xun”, “Revolution”, “Disparity”, “Grassroots”, “Copycat”, and “Bamboozle”

Although I was hugely influenced, while young, with Mao Zedong writings and revolutionary red books, and visiting China a few years ago to see with my eyes, Mao Zedong and his Achievements; nevertheless, with Yu book, written in 2011, and a critical view from within to all the huge episodes of modern China, from 1948 until nowadays,:  including The Great Leap Forward, to the Cultural Revolution, I can say that I was so naive with my youthful imagination to believe in ideas that are totally undermined by the critical Yu, and the funny style he used to describe and analyze what happened then and now, Only reading the whole book would pay off. For more clarification:

  • China in Ten Words (2011) In a collection of ten essays, titled after a word he has deemed representative of the culture and politics of modern China, Yu Hua describes a “morally compromised nation” The ten words are “People”, “Leader”, “Reading”, “Writing”, “Lu Xun”, “Revolution”, “Disparity”, “Grassroots”, “Copycat”, and “Bamboozle”. Using these words, Yu Hua conducts a recollection of historical and cultural events that have made China what it is today, intermixed with autobiographical accounts of growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Each essay explains why the titular term is particular in order to further understand a controversial China. Yu Hua states that this work is “to bring together observation, analysis, and personal anecdote” for a critique of contemporary China.”