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The Cultural Revolution was one of the biggest events in modern Chinese history. Its impact continues to propel and shape the country to this day.
Between 1966 and 1976, as many as two million people died for their supposed political sins and many of the country’s most senior political leaders, scholars and artists were purged.
Journalist Tania Branigan explores an era that has been shrouded in national amnesia, either by official suppression or personal trauma. While some remember the decade as one of turbulence and murder, others see it as a time of greater meaning, unity and respect for workers.
This talk looks at the impact of the Cultural Revolution and recounts the varied stories of those who lived through it.
Access to the Gallery is via a narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the room is not wheelchair accessible.
Tania Branigan is a foreign-leader writer for The Guardian, having spent seven years as the paper’s China correspondent. She has also written for The Washington Post and The Australian. Red Memory is her first book.