"Without question, the Cultural Revolution that roiled the country from 1966 through 1976 was one of the biggest disasters in modern China’s history. And yet a question continues to bother me: How should I evaluate the role of its many well-meaning young participants, such as my sister?"
My chapter in Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, edited by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Angilee Shah, is excerpted at the UC Press site. Check it out here: "Another Swimmer"
Related reading: "Swimming with Mao" (in Walrus)