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I always wanted to be a writer.

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I feel perhaps my heart is still in China.

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At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general.

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China is more prosperous than before. The people have better lives but they are not happy and confident because the scars are still there.

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We were not treated by our own government as proper human beings and consequently, some outsiders did not regard us as the same kind of humans as themselves.

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While I was writing Wild Swans I thought the famine was the result of economic mismanagement but during the research I realised that it was something more sinister.

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It's taken us 10 years, and it was constant excitement. I was constantly shocked by how evil he could be. Mao was very, very shrewd but he didn't have human feeling.

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What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty, not just revolutions and wars. We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another upheaval there will be further cruelty.

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I think because of their terrible past, particularly this century, the Chinese have come to accept cruelty more than many other people, which is something I feel very unhappy about.

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In certain areas where the media are still controlled, the changes have come to a halt, which is a very frustrating situation. I would like the changes to take place throughout China.

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