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Foreigners under MaoWestern Lives in China, 1949-1976$
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Beverley Hooper

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208746

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208746.001.0001

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‘The world within’

‘The world within’

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(p.79) 6 ‘The world within’
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Foreigners under Mao
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Beverley Hooper

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208746.003.0007

To many other Western residents, the lives of embassy staff and their families seemed a world away from their own. Outside was Maoist Peking, its blue and grey cotton clothed inhabitants battling to get on crowded buses or cycling past the city’s low grey buildings and billboards urging them to ‘build socialism faster, better and more economically’. The world within was light and bright, a reproduction of a modern Western apartment with all its trappings—and in the evening the scene of many a party as people ate, drank and tried to enjoy themselves in defiance of the austere world outside.

Keywords:   Mao Era, People’s Republic of China, Socialism, Communism, Westerners, Korean War, Propaganda, Foreign Comrades, Marginalization, Imperialism

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