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

Dialogic Pedagogy. 2018;6(0) DOI 10.5195/dpj.2018.243


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Journal Title: Dialogic Pedagogy

ISSN: 2325-3290 (Online)

Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Society/Institution: Dialogic Pedagogy Scholars

LCC Subject Category: Education: Education (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Lei Chen (Shannxi Normal University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, P.R. China)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

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.