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New Left Review I/50, July-August 1968


John Collier

The Cultural Revolution in Canton (Part II)

From the Zhongda Cultural Revolutionary Front

Since December everyday life in Canton has been normal, except in two respects. Firstly, there was an almost total lack of rain from early August until about a month ago. This did not adversely affect the autumn harvest, which was excellent, but reduced the water levels of the reservoirs—resulting in electricity cuts and some short-time working. Secondly, as many people did not get home for the Spring Festival last year, and this is China’s traditional time for family reunion, there was a tremendous coming and going in and out of Canton, which overloaded the transport facilities.

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