How's your reading going? How far have you gotten in your book?
The reading is going great :)
Have your characters/character been relocated to be "re-educated" yet?
Yes he has been relocated for re education.
He has gone to two schools so far.
How many has yours gone to?
My characters only got through middle school before they were sent away.
what was that school like?
Mine had a lot of propaganda learning
The only books allowed in the school were Mao's "Little red book" and textbooks on industry and agriculture. Physics, chemistry, & mathematics were banned.
Mine was the same.
However books such as physics and chemistry were banned, because they were "Western teachings."
Also any books about love or romance was banned as it would "distract the mind from communist learning."
Any western books and objects were forbidden
Did your schools have a lot of propaganda books, because mine had books talking about how terrible African Americans were treated in America and just simply how "horrible" the West was?
It mentions heavy propaganda but the author doesn't go into much detail.
Was there communist movies shown to the students? Showing how globally communism is and how "great" it is?
Actually, the movies mentioned in my book were more "normal" movies that sometimes had romantic story lines.
They showed one romantic movie which was North Korean. However the movie showed how the communist army led the movie's protagonist's way to love. So more propaganda.
Does it mention that the "re-located" youths had to work hard and perform labor for the peasants?
No they had for a little bit to visit the peasants. As part of the "three classes." But they were actually very well cared for. Luxurious for that time and place.
The clothing in my book were very patchy and patched up and sewn together.
What was your book's clothing like? Mine had common military uniforms.
My book doesn't touch much on clothing, but I get the sense that their clothing was very old and worn away. However, they have a friend who sometimes makes clothes for them.
I think it mentions once that one of the characters was wearing a jacket fashioned after Mao's signature jacket. Military uniforms are common, but not on the mountain where my characters live.
Did the book touch on religion or atheism at all?
My book didn't say anything about a specific religion, but it mentions that the peasants' ancestors are revered and respected.
my book touched about ancestral spirits heavily, however it did mention a few gods, such as the god of fortune and the Northern god. The North direction was symbolic. Did your book talk about how the government hated religion?
No, not really. It focuses more on how much the government hated intellectuals of any kind.
Also were there any interesting events, such as weddings, funerals, Chinese New Year?
Can you tell me some of the common food items? Mine were yams, corn, cabbage.
Rice, soup, and vegetables were eaten. Since they're on a mountain, my characters were a bit isolated from civilization, and they noted that "the smell of beef and onions savored of sophistication".
Where did your character(s) get relocated to? Mine currently live in a mountain village.
Mine was relocated to Beijing. It was of course bustly and urbanized.
Rice of course, and meat was very rare except when he was in his school, his school was a luxurious one by the way.
What sort of punishments were carried out by teachers?
My characters don't go to school, they're too busy working.
Were they forced to learn Mandarin?
I think so, but they mainly speak a local dialect, because not many poor peasants knew Mandarin.
Was there a mix of dialects or was it simply just one?
I'm not sure, I think it was more like a mix.
My book told a lot about how crying was not allowed in public and near people of authority, except family. How you had to bottle up your emotions and how strict and harsh the teachers were.
I think that would be a representation of the culture, not just a byproduct of Mao's Revolution.
Does your book mention anything about the "enemies" of the government? For example doctors, dentists, poets, etc.