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Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution$
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Jing Meng

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528462

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528462.001.0001

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Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution

Jing Meng

Hong Kong University Press

Autobiography, then, has the unenviable task of confronting, confounding, and even confirming the assumptions, impressions, and (mis)conceptions about the author’s or filmmaker’s identificatory positionings.

—Alisa S. Lebow1

1.Alisa S. Lebow, First Person Jewish (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), xviii.

Born after the Cultural Revolution, I began to know about that historical event from the odd line in a textbook and through occasional films and television dramas set in that period. To a large extent, filmic representations, be they memoirs or fictions, form the way I perceive and make sense of this historical period that I never experienced. The Cultural Revolution, though known to many people as ten years of turmoil and disaster, seems to me a distant, tough, and yet passionate era. My parents recount anecdotes of their schooldays, and they sometimes even express longing for the ‘good old days’ of innocence and carefreeness. In the 1995 film ...

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