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“Socialism is Great!” A Worker’s Memoir of the New China

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Reviewed by Arthur Barbeau

China was a country where privacy was an almost absent commodity; the most populous country in the world often seemed like a small village. It is this China that is chronicled in Lijia Zhang’s “Socialism Is Great!” Her personal life narrative and her desire to participate in an awakening China offers a resource for teachers seeking to close the gap and make this period in China’s history meaningful to their students.