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Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities

Abstract

Born one immediate generation after the Cultural Revolution, China’s current youth are caught between the government’s often-sanitized narratives of the time period, and the deeply traumatic events that shaped the lives of their parents, grandparents, and teachers. This article considers how college and graduate students are now beginning to turn towards sources of media in order to glean information on the tumultuous years between 1966 and 1977. Drawing upon current scholarship as well as my own fieldwork, I suggest that Chinese students tend to base their understanding of the Cultural Revolution by engaging with new media rather than traditional sources such as newspapers.

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Karintha Lowe is a senior English major with minors in Chinese and Media & Cultural Studies. She calls both Boston, Massachusetts and Tianjin, China, home. At Macalester, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the literary and arts magazine, Chanter, as well as a three-time Orientation Leader. In addition to her Mellon research, Karintha also completed an Honors Thesis in the English Department.

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