I grew up in what I call post-totalitarian (that is post-Mao) China.
Mao, the ruthless and cunning tyrant, ruled China for nearly 30 years, from 1949 to 1976, the year of his death. It was a period when China was soaked in blood, famine, and mayhem, as Mao (not Stalin or Hitler) produced the deadliest regime in modern human history — a fact much of the western world is unaware of. But the darker shadow Mao cast upon the Chinese nation is a loss of humanity ensuing from scores of mass movements marked by endless persecutions, denunciations, and false confessions. The loss of spirituality, human dignity, and interpersonal trust is profound and irrevocable. The nation that survived those savage mass movements has learned to be cynical,