OUT OF RED CHINA by Liu Shaw-tong


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A fine kind of reticence and feeling for form distinguish this story of a man who escaped from ""liberated"" China after a year's service in the Organization for the Revolution. Deprived of the job which allowed him to carry on his graduate studies in Peiping, Liu Shaw-tong joined the Southbound Working Group to earn his bread. He got more than he had bargained for. His story of methods of indoctrination, of the cleavages in the party amounting to new stratifications of classes, the cutting of all human home ties through re-education to adhere only to the rules of the Party, to toe the thought line, has in part been told by others, but gains in value here through being told from the viewpoint of a countryman able to convey the attitudes of his fellows and in himself indicating one reaction of the ""liberated"" to the ""liberators"". Shuttled southward to do propaganda work for the Organization, the author at last formulated and carried out a plan for escape to Hong Kong via Canton, at last to see the sun which an old woman had told him had died in China.

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 1952
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce