Famine in Urban China
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This paper discusses the urban famine in China in the 1950's as reported by Jasper Becker. According to the paper, there was little attention given the clues seen by the urban public in late 1950s China that all was not going well in the countryside. Additionally, the paper considers how the Communist Party responded to the famine in terms ofcontrol of mobility, strong censorship and propaganda. The paper concludes by noting how the crisis should have been handled, and what its implications might be.
From the Paper:"The little-reported famine in the new People's Republic of China (PRC) was not seen in its full extent by city dwellers but a chapter in Jasper Becker's Hungry Ghosts mentions how there were clear signs that things were not going well in the countryside. (1998) As much as Chairman Mao used censorship and propaganda to hide Communist failures, the public drew upon the wisdom of centuries, spotting propaganda blaming food shortages on high food diversion to the cities as was wasted in public mess halls, the regime reporting high grain yields in the countryside that were definitely not the case. Rather than admit..."
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