Published in 1986 as part of a collection, these true stories, chosen at random from a hundred interviews conducted by Zhang Xinxin and Sang Ye, aim to present the experiences and attitudes of three Chinese women from different walks of life.
In Friends Old and New, a 64-year old woman recalls her living hell in the old society and her subsequent salvation by the Communist Party. Certificate tells of a woman's involvement in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and her quest to pass examinations. The Forty-Minute Night portrays a 20-year old who, after graduating from junior middle school, describes her working life on the buses in Beijing.
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