Andrew Jacobs has a gutsy piece in the New York Times on the Changchun famine of 1948, caused by the communist encirclement of that city in the frigid and deadly Chinese civil war. Of all the traumas wrapped up in the CCP’s rise to power, it may seem odd to single out this one: after all, the wounds of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were much more collective and devastating.
In a subsequent post, I hope to analyze a bit of how the text that started this whole debate (White Snow, Red Blood) is formulated and what it represents. But to assume that the CCP would ever, ever include the Changchun famine (as part of the siege of Changchun led by another toxic name in the historical cabinet, Lin Biao, with help from a toxic ally, North Korea) is pure fantasy for the time being. But again, that is what the foreign media is for, n’est oui? Pulling back the curtain on the Chinese past.