Almost all Chinese more or less suffered in the Cultural Revolution. The persecution
against high-placed leaders and intellectuals was especially, harsh. And the young wasted
their precious time being Red Guards. The pain of the CR still remains in the minds of a
lot of Chinese.
The trial of Lin Biao and the Gang of Four was held in Beijing from late 1980 to early
1981. It was a unique event in that the current authorities were deciding the fate of
those who had ruled in the past. The Chinese People were observing the trial and
sentencing of the Gang of Four who had been threatening all China .
After the CR, the economic reform proceeded, and China changed dramatically. But part of
it's people are beginning to be aware of the problems in Chinese society, thinking that if
the CR happened once it might happen again. Whether a tragedy such as the CR will occur or
not depends the Chinese themselves.
We were able to interview a man who experienced the CR as a worker in Shanghai. He told us
what he felt and what the conditions of society were like during the CR.