Memoirs of a socialist childhood in China: socialism, nationalism and getting ahead

Lei Chen


In this memoir, I accounted several episodes of my childhood of a middle class family in early 1990s in a Chinese urban city. Two major discourses permeated my account: the nationalism and socialism discourse and the upward social mobility discourse. While my family and I cherish the comfort and joy of everyday life enjoyed in the era of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, the suffering past is like a ghost, peeking out behind the curtain.


socialist, nationalist, childhood, ideological becoming, China

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