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Published on Jul 6, 2012

Mao's Great Famine
A talk by Frank Dikötter, Ph.D.

Famine is a naturally localized calamity, bounded by geographic and climatic barriers. The famine that accompanied Mao Tse-tung's Great Leap Forward of 1959-61 devastated the whole of China, a clear indication that this catastrophe was man-made.

Frank Dikötter, Chair Professor of Humanities at Hong Kong University, has written the authoritative account of how Mao's revolutionary romanticism combined with disastrous weather and official complicity at all levels to cost more than 45 million Chinese people their lives. Dikötter's work links up for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised...

Co-sponsored by Asia Society Northern California Center, the USF Asian Studies Program, the USF Chinese Students and Scholars Association, chinadialogue, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

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