By Jun Jing

This learn makes a speciality of the politics of reminiscence within the village of Dachuan in northwest China, during which eighty five percentage of the villagers are surnamed Kong and think themselves to be descendants of Confucius. It recounts either how this proud group used to be subjected to excessive pain throughout the Maoist period, culminating in its forcible resettlement in December 1960 to make means for the development of a big hydroelectric dam, and the way the village finally sought restoration in the course of the commemoration of that pain and the revival of a redefined religion.

Before 1949, the Kongs had ruled their sector as a result of their political impact, wealth, and, chiefly, their identity with Confucius, whose precepts underlay quite a bit of the chinese language moral and political culture. After the Communists got here to strength in 1949, those humans, as a literal embodiment of the Confucian historical past, grew to become top objectives for Maoist political campaigns attacking the conventional order, from land reform to the “Criticize Confucius” flow. Many villagers have been arrested, 3 have been beheaded, and others died in exertions camps. while the villagers have been pressured to rapidly abandon their houses and the village temple, they'd time to disinter simply the bones in their closest relatives; the tombs of previous generations have been destroyed by means of development staff for the dam.

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